JM | Aug 12, 2022

Viral teen Delano Tucker and family handed new home by Jamaican Government

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left), assists Nattris Tucker (centre) in opening the door to the newly built three-bedroom home where she will live with her family of four. The house, built under the New Social Housing Programme (NSHP), was handed over during a ceremony in Guy’s Hill, St Catherine, on Wednesday, August 11, 2022. Looking on is Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Northeast, Kerensia Morrison. The Government came to the assistance of the family after their need was brought to national attention earlier this year by teen son, Delano Tucker. (Photo: JIS)

The family of 17-year-old Delano Tucker, whose story of living in challenging conditions has touched the hearts of Jamaicans, now has a beautiful, new home built by the Government under the New Social Housing Programme (NSHP).

Prime Minister Andrew Holness handed over the keys to the three-bedroom dwelling in Guy’s Hill, St. Catherine, during a ceremony on Wednesday (August 11).

Delano will live in the home with his parents and sister, who attends Guy’s Hill High.

Holness, in his remarks, explained that when Delano’s story of need was brought to national attention earlier this year, the Government sought to help.

“We looked at the entirety of the situation and tried to figure out what would be the best way to assist the family and it was clear, that it would be [to provide] a home,” he said.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left), in conversation with Delano Tucker (second left) and his mother, Nattris Tucker (right), as the view sections of the three-bedroom home built for their family by the Jamaican Government. Also looking on is Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Northeast Kerensia Morrison (second right). (Photo: Facebook @AndrewHolnessJM)

He informed that arrangements were made to verify the family’s eligibility for assistance under the NSEP.

“I am certain, based on what I have seen of Delano, that he’s going to do great things for this country. I want to encourage the family to stay together, keep working hard, and keep being an example,” Holness urged.

He noted that the assistance provided is “not just a one-off to Delano alone. Others who are waiting can have hope that their circumstances will also be attended to”.

“Government must always, in everything they do, think about if this action is fair to everyone. There are other youngsters who are equally deserving, but we can assist Delano because we have put in place a programme,” Holness mused further.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right), cuts the ribbon to celebrate the official handover a new three-bedroom home to Delano Tucker (third right) and his family in Guy’s Hill, St Catherine, on Wednesday, August 11, 2022. The unit was built under the New Social Housing Programme (NSHP). Joining in the occasion (from left) are daughter, Denisha Tucker; mother, Nattris Tucker; Member of Parliament for St Catherine Northeast, Kerensia Morrison; chair of the NSHP oversight committee Judith Robb Walters, and father, Desmond Tucker. (Photo: JIS)

In a viral video in February, Delano, who is a former Guy’s Hill High School student, spoke about the hardships his family faced, including adverse housing conditions and lack of electricity, which impacted his access to online classes while schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the challenges, he managed to pass nine subjects in his external exams.

There was an outpouring of assistance to the family from persons locally and abroad, including a scholarship to enable Delano to study at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland, beginning in September 2022.

In presenting the vote of thanks, Delano’s mother, Nattris Tucker, expressed gratitude for the new home, and the “wealth of love, kindness and support” that has been shown to their family.

The newly built home for the Tucker family in Guy’s Hill, St Catherine. Photo: Facebook @AndrewHolnessJM)

“We cannot express how grateful we are for all your support, encouragement and assurance, whether in cash or a word of compassion. On this joyous day, we want to give thanks to God Almighty,” she said.

The NSHP was established in 2018 by Prime Minister Holness as the housing component of the Housing Opportunity Production and Employment (HOPE) programme.

It was developed to improve the housing condition of the country’s poor and disadvantaged population by providing quality affordable and sustainable housing.

The programme is being implemented through the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), with the HOPE unit providing administrative and technical support.


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