The issue of housing for temporary residence of IDPs became the central topic of a press conference held on June 3 2021 at Ukrinform.
During the event, the results of a series of consultation seminars were summarized, with a special focus being set on the topic of receiving a subsidy from the state to provide IDPs with housing. This year events were organized by specialists of the Charitable Fund “Right to Protection” (R2P) jointly with the partner organizations.
Oleksandr Galkin, the President of the CF “Right to Protection” (R2P), spoke in detail about the cooperation with amalgamated territorial communities (hromadas) and on the positive results of consultation seminars during the press event.
«Since 2017, R2P has been supporting amalgamated territorial communities in the development of their housing programs, so they will be able to provide practical and methodological assistance. With the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ukraine (UNHCR), we are implementing measures aimed at developing and implementing long-term housing solutions for internally displaced persons.
In 2020 we have also started cooperation with the Ukrainian Social Investment Fund, and our regional teams provide support to 11 local communities. Standard programs have been developed, as well as procedures that can be adapted to the financial needs and capabilities of any community.
Last year, at the initiative of the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, we also organized two joint events for the eastern regions. Eight participating communities then applied for the relevant programs and received subventions. Positive changes have taken place this year as well. With the financial and expert support of the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions – Phase II” and the UNHCR, geography of training and consulting activities have significantly expanded throughout Ukraine,»,– said Oleksandr Galkin, President of the R2P.
Also with the support of the All-Ukrainian Association of Village and Settlement Councils, the specialists of our Fund held a series of seminars for the representatives of the amalgamated territorial communities (hromadas) in all regions of Ukraine without exception. 450 community representatives took part in a total of 6 seminars. During the seminars, participants learned about the procedure and conditions for receiving a subsidy from the state budget to local budgets to create a fund of temporary housing for IDPs.
In addition, the events also included information on the procedure for creating such a fund, as well as the peculiarities of purchasing housing on the secondary market. As a result of these seminars, some communities have already prepared documents and applied for a subsidy.
The recording of the press conference
The event was organized by the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine; Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions – Phase II”; Charitable Fund “Right to Protection” (R2P) with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ukraine (UNHCR), All-Ukrainian Association of Village and Settlement Councils.