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.
Housing Assistance Relief Trust (HART)
This program is targeted at providing immediate and temporary housing assistance for vulnerable families – single mothers, victims of domestic violence etc. HART currently provides shelter to over 800 families in the central, west and northern divisions. The Government has allocated $400,000 to assist HART homes in the current financial year.
For further information, you may email HART on email@example.com
Koro-i-pita Model Town Charitable Trust
The Koroipita Model Town Charitable Trust is a Non-Governmental organisation, which is committed to building engineered and serviced, subdivisions and cyclone- safe houses. In addition to this, the NGO also provides guidance and support for the advancement of poor families by way of a holistic and dynamic community development programme.
The Fijian Government has allocated $ 980,000 in the 2019/2020 budget to assist in completing Stage 3 and Stage 4 of the project. This will assist in the construction of another 145 houses to shelter approximately 580 marginalized Fijians. The New Zealand Aid Program continues to support the project with assistance for operating expenses.
For further information, you may visit: www.mtctfiji.org/koroipita-model-town/
UN - HABITAT - Fiji Resilient Informal Settlements
In partnership with UN - Habitat and the Climate Change Unit of the Government of Fiji, the Ministry implements this programme to support the most vulnerable communities in building adaptive capacity against climate change and disaster risks. A funding assistance of US$4.2 million is provided through the Adaptation Fund for this program.
Vulnerable communities in 16 informal settlements across four (4) urban areas - Lautoka, Sigatoka, Nadi and Lami have been identified and initial capital works under this project is expected to commence towards the end of 2020. This project will benefit over 6,200 Fijians with improved resilience to climate change effects.
For further information, you may visit their website: https://unhabitat.org
Habitat for Humanity - Assistance for People with Disabilities
Habitat for Humanity was established in Fiji in 1991. Since then, Habitat has helped over 70,000 people to build homes and hope through partnerships with government, bilateral and non-profit organizations and international volunteers.
The Ministry of Housing and Community Development’s housing assistance for persons with disabilities is implemented through Habitat for Humanity Fiji branch. This program provides retro-fit assistance focused on the most vulnerable people in the Fijian economy, covering a variety of accessibility upgrades, including the construction of ramps, railings, dis-abled friendly footpaths and accessible sanitation around the home.
For more information, you may visit: www.habitat.org/where-we-build/fiji
Revitalising Informal Settlements and Their Environments (RISE)
RISE is a research-based program initiated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under its program ‘Future Cities’, and is led by Monash Sustainable Development Institute. RISE aims to be the first to implement a nature-based approach called Water Sensitive Cities (WSC) which is a water management infrastructure that enables communities to easily access clean water, sanitation services and build resilience against climate change.
RISE Fiji involves 12 sites and will be carried out in two phases with six sites in each phase. The successful implementation of RISE program will enable approximately 3,600 Fijians living in these twelve project sites to recycle their wastewater, harvest rainwater, create green space food cultivation and water cleansing, restore waterways to reduce vulnerability to flooding and strengthen climate resilience.
For more information, you may visit: https://www.rise-program.org