Rural and Social Housing Assistance
APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON FOR 2021-2022 FINANCIAL YEAR
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 cost of housing construction in rural areas.
Housing Assistance for Rural and Maritime Areas
The program provides the much needed assistance and supports the construction of new homes that is more affordable, durable and cyclone resistant under different categories in Fiji’s rural and maritime communities. The program has been designed in a way that would encourage community involvement and participation.
This program was previously managed by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and was transferred to the Ministry of Housing and Community Development to consolidate all housing matters under one ministry. Under this program, the Ministry manages two assistance schemes:
The applicants contribute to the total cost of the materials of constructing the house and assist with cost effective procurement at government tender prices and delivers the materials to the applicants at the cost of the Ministry.
The applicant and the Ministry share the cost of the materials in the proportion of 1/3 and 2/3 respectively of a maximum value of $18,000 per house as per the standard 24’x16’ timber frame RHA house plan provided by the Ministry in this program, which includes sanitation facilities. The Ministry will procure the materials and deliver to the applicant.
What other assistance is offered?
Technical consultation and advice, provision of standard plans, purchase/delivery of building materials, supervision of community building projects and other services approved by the Permanent Secretary for Housing & Community Development. Under both scheme 1 and scheme 2, the Ministry also assists applicants with the house plans which meets the cyclone standards and also carry out inspections to ensure work quality
Building Plans Drawings for standard open, two or three bedroom type houses, community hall and church buildings in concrete or timber frame are available. Standard plan will be provided .
Who can apply?
Anyone living in rural and maritime area with annual household income of $15,000 or less may apply for this, provided:
You are a Fiji Citizen
Above the age of 18
Do not already own a house
Reside permanently in a rural settlement recognised by the Provincial Council
Cannot be assisted by the Housing Authority and Home Finance, or other lending agencies and for community building projects in areas not covered by Local Authority and Urban By-Laws.
Those who are eligible under the FNPF Village Housing Scheme – (For Scheme 1 only)
How do I apply for this?
You may apply through your Divisional Commissioner's office, Provincial Administrators, District Offices, Legal Aid Offices, using the application form.
You will be required to provide the following documents with your application:
Declaration of income and salary slip.
Certified copy of photo identification.
Marriage certificate (if applicable).
Confirmation Letter from the Turaqa Ni Koro or Advisory Counselors
Lease document or certificate of title.
Whom can I contact for further assistance?
Please email Mr Joji Waqamailau: email@example.com
Or call 9905385 / 330 9918 during working hours:
Mon – Thurs 8.00am – 4.30pm and Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Social Housing Assistance
The Ministry of Housing and Community Development is the line ministry for the two housing agencies; the Housing Authority and the Public Rental Board.
The two statutory bodies, enabled under the Housing Act 1955, have a reporting responsibility to the Ministry. The Ministry is responsible for providing policy direction and advice to the two agencies and must ensure that the two government housing agencies for fill their statutory obligations under the Housing Act.
Housing Authority of Fiji
Established in 1955, the Housing Authority plays a critical role in providing affordable housing to low and middle income earners across Fiji. The Authority currently provides fully serviced lots/units and mortgage financing for customers to acquire lots/units for house construction.
Since 2009, three subdivisions namely Wainibuku, Matavolivoli and Tacirua have completed and assisted over 1400 households. Five capital projects in Nepani, Davuilevu, Tavakubu, Koronisalusalu (Tavua) and Wainibuku Stage 2 are currently on-going and are currently earmarked for the Housing PPP (Public Private Partnership) opportunities that the Government is currently exploring with assistance from International Financial Corporation (“IFC”).
While the ground work is being carried out for the Housing Public Private Partnership (PPP), the Housing Authority is working on a number of other projects which are scheduled for completion in the next three years. These projects are in Covata (Labasa), Waila City (Davuilevu), Tacirua Stage 3, Veisari and Veikoba. Upon completion of these five projects, a further 2,400 lots will be available to low and mid income earners.
For further information, you may visit: http://www.housing.com.fj/
Public Rental Board
The Public Rental Board (“PRB”) was established in 1989 to provide affordable, quality and appropriate rental flats for low income earners.
Currently the PRB provides a total of 1636 rental flats in 25 housing estates across Fiji; 4 PRB housing estates in the Northern divisions, 15 housing estates in the Central Division and 6 housing estates in the Western Division.
For further information, you may visit: www.housing.com.fj/public-rental-board/