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Muscat: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning (MUHP) issued a decision determining the value of housing assistance of RO25,000 for families consisting of two to three individuals, and RO30, 000 for families consisting of four or more individuals.


Dr. Khalfan bin Saeed Al Shuaili, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning issued Ministerial Resolution 9/2023, amending Article 18 of the previous Ministerial Resolution 6/2011 on the value of housing assistance for eligible citizens from families with limited income and social security families.


The value of housing assistance was set at RO25,000 for families consisting of 2 to 3 individuals to build or rebuild a house, provided that the building area is not less than 140 sqm, and in the case of the beneficiary’s contribution, the area must not exceed 250 sq,m.


The value of housing assistance has been set at RO30,000 for families consisting of 4 or more individuals to build or rebuild a house, provided that the area is not less than 190 sqm, and in the case of a contribution from the beneficiary of not more than 300 sqm. The decision applies to all cases that have not been completed or are financially linked to it from the date of issuance of the decision.


Article (18) of the previous Ministerial Resolution 6/2011 specified the value of housing assistance for building, renovating, rebuilding, or making additions to it, with a maximum amount of RO20,000 and the Minister has the right to raise the value of housing assistance in areas as per their topography.


The new ministerial decision takes into consideration the increase in the cost of building materials and the value-added tax.


The number of families benefiting from the housing assistance program in 2019 was more than 1,000, at a total cost of over RO41 million.


The number of families benefiting from the housing assistance program in 2021 was 1,261 families amounting to RO30 million, and in 2022 the number of beneficiary families reached 1,478 families amounting to RO35 million.


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