The Handover Ceremony of the House Ownership Contracts

for 10 prefabricated housing units for the beneficiaries of Collective Centers in the municipality of Bujanovac within the program:  European Union Support for Improvement of the Living Conditions of Forced Migrants and Closure of Collective Centres  – “For a better life”

On November 17th 2015, Head of the Delegation of the European Union Mr. Michael Davenport, Mayor of Bujanovac Mr. Nagip Arifi and President of Housing Center Mrs. Branislava Žarković will ceremonially hand over the House Ownership Contracts to beneficiaries of 10 prefabricated housing units, marking the formal finalization of the project in Bujanovac.

Prefabricated housing are constructed within the project “Support to the closure of collective centers through improving the living conditions of refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees“, financed by the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia from IPA 2012 pre-accession funds, and financial contribution of Housing Center. The project aims at enhancing social inclusion of socially vulnerable persons and families of refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees based on the Readmission Agreement accommodated in collective centers in the Municipality of Bujanovac.

In addition to the construction of prefabricated houses the project implemented by NGO Housing Center, in partnership with the Initiative for Development and Cooperation – IDC, provided assistance to the beneficiaries throughout the process of obtaining all necessary permits and administrative procedures related to the connection of houses to infrastructure. The beneficiaries are 10 socially vulnerable families displaced from Kosovo in 1999, out of which 8 families are Roma families from the Collective Center “Salvatore” and 2 families are from the Collective Center “Stara ciglana” in the Municipality of Bujanovac. The families are now becoming the owners of the prefabricated houses which were built on the land they bought, thus being provided with the conditions for a decent life. Beneficiary families included in the project covered the costs of land, issuance of the location conditions and building permits, as well as the costs of connecting the house to the infrastructure, from their own budget. The houses are equipped with basic furniture and appliances.

The value of the construction works and equipping of the housing units amounts to about EUR 185.000. The works were completed in July, keys were handed over in September and families started process of moving in, pending the dynamics of the connecting to electricity.

This Project is part of a more comprehensive program funded by the European Union: European Union Support for Improvement of the Living Conditions of Forced Migrants and Closure of Collective Centres - “For a better life”, with the total value of EUR 14.2 million.

Housing Center is a local non-governmental organization from Belgrade, dedicated to improving the living conditions of socially vulnerable groups. Since 2015, Housing Center has constructed 278 flats for the most vulnerable citizens, provided support to the process of social integration of their beneficiaries and organized research and debates concerning housing issues of socially vulnerable groups. (http://www.housingcenter.org.rs/en)

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Program: European Union Support for Improvement of the Living Conditions of Forced Migrants and Closure of Collective Centres  – “For a better life”
Donation: European Union, IPA 2012 pre-accession funds (EUR 175.000)
Co-financed by: Housing Center (EUR 10.000)
Implementation: Housing Center in partnership with Initiative for Development and Cooperation IDC
Partners:

  • Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of Serbia
  • NGO Housing Center
  • NGO IDC

Year: 2015
Value of works: EUR 185.000 (EUR 175,000 in construction works, EUR 10,000 in furniture and appliances)

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Number of units: 10
Approximate structure of units:

  • 1 x 30 m2 (for 1–2 persons)
  • 1 x 40 m2 (for 3 persons)
  • 3 x 50 m2 (for 4 persons)
  • 4 x 60 m2 (for 5–6 persons)
  • 1 x 65 m2 (for 7 persons)