THIRTY-NINE families residing in a squatter settlement just outside Lautoka will have new homes soon, thanks to the generosity of Habitat for Humanity.
Living in thatched and corrugated iron dwellings at California settlement for several years, the families lost their homes after Tropical Cyclone Evan struck last December.
Community headman Manueli Sovau said the new homes were a blessing to them.
"We were devastated by the damage caused by Evan and were forced to live under makeshift and tarpaulin sheds," Mr Sovau said.
"We are thankful to Habitat for giving us new hope with the construction of the new homes.
"We have been told that all the 39 homes destroyed by the cyclone will be rebuilt by the group."
Mr Savou also thanked the government for its support and advice during the pre-construction period. Habitat for Humanity Fiji director Masi Latianara said the group had signed an MOU with the government to build the homes for the informal settlers.
He said the NGO partnered with the government to rebuild informal settlement homes that were destroyed during last year's cyclone.
"NZAID donated $750,000 for the project and part of that was used to build the pre-fabrication projects of each home."