The Ministry of Housing and Community Development (MHCD) is responsible for strategy, policy, funding assistance, monitoring and regulation of Fiji’s housing system. We play a lead role in promoting and facilitating the provision of accessible and adequate housing for low and middle-income households and people living in informal settlements.
The Ministry was established in 2018 as a dedicated stand-alone line ministry with a singular focus on the housing sector bringing together Fiji’s long running urban housing programme, previously overseen by the Department of Housing within a wider Ministry for Local Government, and the rural housing programme that was previously overseen by Ministry for Rural and Maritime Development.
The First Home Ownership Initiative was launched in 2014 to provide affordable and quality housing for all Fijians and increasing home ownership across the country, for low and middle-income earners.
Since its inception in 2014, the First Home Ownership Initiative has assisted more than 2,550 Fijian households to a tune of $22.7 million. First Home Purchase Program and First Land Purchase programs are the two main assistance...
This is an in-situ capital program targeted towards those living in informal settlements, with the aim of offering long term land tenure of 99-year leases for fully serviced and subdivided lots within these areas. These upgrades are carried out with minimum disturbance to the day to day lives of residents in these settlements. The Ministry of Housing and Community Development has acquired 44 development leases earmarked...
The Ministry of Housing and Community Development promotes and facilitates the provision of accessible and adequate housing for low and middle-income households via the Housing Authority, the Public Rental Board and the Ministry’s rural housing assistance programme.
Targeted subsides are offered which support home ownership, ensure access to affordable rentals for those in need and provide assistance with the...
In addition to the Ministry of Housing and Community Development’s core programmes the Ministry also implements, via a wide range of partners, the following housing assistance programs specifically targeted at different identified needs across the housing continuum in Fiji.
Koro-i-pita (Model Town Charitable Trust)
UN - Habitat
Habitat for Humanity
Government First Home Ownership Initiative Assists 334 Fijian Households
Friday 19 February 2021 – During the 2020-2021 financial year, the Ministry of Housing and Community Development’s First Home Ownership Initiative assisted 334 applicants through the First Home and First Land Grant Programs. The total payout is in excess of $5 million.
The first home ownership initiative was introduced in 2014 with an aim to provide affordable and quality housing for Fijians with low and middle income category. Since the inception of the First Home Ownership programme in 2014, the Ministry has assisted a total of 2,978 Fijian households with a total payout in excess of $28.6 million.
The Minister for Housing and Community Development Hon. Premila Kumar said that the intention of increasing the grant amount for First Home Ownership Initiative in this year’s budget was to revive the construction sector and it is seen that many Fijians have benefited from this.
“Government made a huge commitment by increasing the grant amount for construction from $15,000 to $30,000 in this financial year for those earning annual household income of $50,000 and below. The idea was to assist them to use this grant as a deposit to borrow funds to build their dream homes despite the current challenging economic conditions. A total of 222 households in the income category of $50,000 and below have received assistance in construction or purchase of their first home under this program.” said Hon Kumar.
The Minister also said that the assistance provided under this program helped these applicants to secure loans from the financial institutions in excess of $42 million, creating opportunities for economic activities of such magnitude.