Consultation: "All-Ukrainian housing programs for internally displaced persons (IDPs)"

  • Almost 8 years of hostilities in the Donbas;
  • Almost 1.5 million registered IDPs;
  • Thousands of destroyed buildings, housing, and property.

All these are the consequences. But today we already need to speak about the solutions, not the consequences. For many conflict-affected persons, the solution is a new home on free Ukrainian territory to replace what was lost during the evacuation from now Non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCA) or destroyed/badly damaged as a result of the hostilities. The housing may allow these people to start a new life from scratch and to recover from what they had to go through.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the most popular reason why IDPs turn to us for advice and counseling is housing. People are interested in buying their own housing at the expense of state and international donors, as well as to be provided with temporary housing by the local authorities.

That’s why our colleagues in the Donetsk region, jointly with the leadership of the Kostyantynivska amalgamated territorial community, held a legal consultation on the topic of all-Ukrainian housing programs for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Lawyer Serhiy Shkramada, together with the regional monitors Natalia Shevchenko and Iryna Abramova, told the participants about the current housing programs.

IDPs who had visited the group consultation learned how to apply for the programs "Affordable Housing" and "Government of Germany (KFW) loans for IDP Housing" (including the application through the "Diia" portal), which documents are required and what are the conditions for participation in these programs. In particular, everyone was able to get answers to individual questions, such as pensions, targeted aid, etc.

The “Advocacy, Protection and Legal Assistance to the Internally Displaced Population” project is implemented with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).