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Brothers Jubilant About Plans to Build New House

After the land (quarter acre block freehold) was purchased in 2018, plans to build a retirement home for Mr Roderick Simmons and his family took him a while, until his bank officer introduced him to the assistance given by Government through the Ministry of Housing.
16 Jan 2022 14:45
Brothers Jubilant About Plans to  Build New House
First Home Grant recipients Roderick S. Simmons and his older brother Alfred Simmons after their application was granted approval from the Ministry of Housing and Community Development in Labasa on January 3, 2022. Photo: Laisa Lui

Rodrick and Alfred Simmons are glad to finally be able to construct their new home.

The brothers will start their building on a piece of land in Savusavu they had purchased in 2018.

The pair were elated that their dream came true, thanks to the Government’s First Home Grant assistance under the Ministry of Housing and Community Development.

They were the first in the Northern Division to be assisted through this grant and were both encouraging others to make use of such opportunities from the Government.

After the land (quarter acre block freehold) was purchased in 2018, plans to build a retirement home for Mr Roderick Simmons and his family took him a while, until his bank officer introduced him to the assistance given by Government through the Ministry of Housing.

“We applied for the grant in 2020, but my application was late and not processed,” he said.

“I recently have been informed through the bank that I have been given this grant and we’re so thrilled.

“It is something that really helps because at this time we need all the financial assistance we can get as the cost of building materials is expensive and this $30,000 will go a long way for the construction of our three-bedroom house.”
Construction

Mr Simmons said after final documentation, the construction of the house would begin straight away with a maximum of four months as the carpenters and the labourers were all ready to get on with the job.

The team leader for electrical at the Fiji Sugar Corporation said he would be retiring in three years’ time and it was great to move into his newly built home with his older brother and three children.

According to the Ministry of Housing and Community Development, close to 200 applicants have benefited from the first home grant assistance in 2021.

A total of 120 applicants received grant assistance in excess of $3 million to construct their first homes and another 72 are purchasing their first homes with grant assistance of $890,000.

The ministry, in a statement, said the programme was still open for applications as they worked closely to seek extra funding to assist new applications.

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