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Jun 29, 2020

10 Families are Issued Keys to their New Homes at Eagle JEM Estate

A housing development near mile fourteen on the Philip Goldson Highway is attracting dozens of first time homeowners. Eagle JEM Estate was launched by the Holy Redeemer Credit Union last year and on Saturday, ten families got the keys to their new houses in the first phase.  More than fifty other families will be qualifying for houses that come with the added value of the availability of electricity and water. News Five’s Duane Moody met the happy owners and has the following report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Over the weekend, ten families, member owners of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union in Belize City received the keys to their new home within the Eagle JEM Estate off mile fourteen on the Philip Goldson Highway in Sand Hill Village. Among the list of new homeowners are newly-weds, the Bracketts. Teacher Franae Thomas-Brackett says that they are ready to settle in by the end of July and make the house their home.


Franae Thomas-Brackett

Franae Thomas-Brackett, New Homeowner

“I am very happy. When I think about owning a home and the process of owning a home, it was always a long and gruelling process. I’ve never had a loan, so I know it was going to take a while for building and all of that. This opportunity really came at the perfect time. I just got married and we are looking to settle down in a space that is safe and free. So it is a blessing and I count myself very lucky.”


Carol Babb

Dr. Carol Babb, Member, Board of Directors, H.R.C.U.

“It’s a very happy moment for us as directors of H.R.C.U. and for all members. I think that’s one of the greatest things that a credit union can do.”


Back in April 2019, the housing project by the credit union was launched in memory of the late Jane Usher. The financial institution embarked on the project is a response to the demands of its member owners. In this initial stage, Chief Finance Officer, Clement Usher says that sixty-seven properties will be completed. Three two-bedroom houses were issued as well as seven three-bedroom homes to an initial ten and in the weeks ahead, additional families will receive the keys to their move-in ready homes.


Clement Usher, Chief Finance Officer, H.R.C.U.

“Finally, after two or three years of working this project we are putting the first ten homeowners in. And eventually, in another week or two, more will be moving in because some of the houses are almost completed. It is big project; it’s something that we have always wanted to do for our member owners. There are sixty-seven homes that will be built in this first phase—thirty three-bedroom and thirty-seven three-bedroom—and after we are completed here, we will move into phase two and phase three. Eventually, we are hoping that easily three hundred homes will be up here in this community.”


B.E.L. and B.W.S.L. as well as Smart were present to assist the new homeowners with installation process and to make their transition into their new homes easier. Usher says that the credit union has so much in the pipeline.


Clement Usher

Clement Usher

“This was the hardest part to get the infrastructure in because other housing projects, they just build and then it is difficult to get your light and water hooked up. Fortunately we were able to bring B.E.L. and B.W.S.L. out here to start the process. We also have the road, the nice circular, named after Jane Usher of course; Jane Usher Drive and we’ve just had B.E.L. put in the street lights so it is a community and we wanted to make sure everything is in place before we put the homeowners into their houses.”


Sand Hill Village Chairman, Darren Leal also welcomed the new residents to the village.


Darren Leal

Darren Leal, Chairman, Sand Hill Village

“We came out here today in support of this housing project and we just wanted to assure these new homeowners that the Sand Hill Village Council is here to serve them, whatever assistance they may need.  We wanted to also welcome them. We are a family here in Sand Hill; we love our neighbours and we are here to serve them.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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