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Up to 850 IDPs will receive housing under the 70/30 program this year

Published 03 June 2021, at 13:20

Up to 850 Ukrainian citizens among the internally displaced persons will receive housing by the end of 2021 under the 70/30 budget program.

The 70/30 budget program provides for the purchase of housing for IDPs. The program is funded in the 70/30 format: 70% of the cost is paid from the state budget, another 30% - from local budgets.

There is no contribution required from internally displaced persons.

For 2021, UAH 125 million from the state budget are envisaged for the implementation of the program. This is 6 times more than last year.

It is possible to purchase about 325 real estate facilities for these funds for 850 citizens of Ukraine. It should be noted that the funds are distributed among local communities throughout Ukraine during the year.

All communities in the Government-controlled area should simply provide the appropriate funds in their budget. As of now, the Government of Ukraine has already distributed UAH 26 million.

Inna Drahanchuk, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine announced the aforementioned today, on June 3rd, 2021 at the press center of the news agency "Ukrinform".

The co-organizers of the press conference together with the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT were the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions – Phase II”, the Charitable Foundation "Right to Protection" with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Association of Rural Councils, Village Councils and Amalgamated Communities of Ukraine.

The speakers also reported that the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and Council of Europe standards require access to housing rights for internally displaced persons and others affected by armed aggression of the Russian Federation, as well as the implementation of appropriate housing programs.

"In the seventh year of war and forced displacement, the issue of housing remains pressing for citizens who have been forced to leave their homes as the result of armed aggression of the Russian Federation. In order to ensure the housing rights of IDPs a number of measures are used both at the level of the Government and amalgamated communities. And I am also grateful to all non-governmental organizations that support such initiatives. The housing program for IDPs was launched by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers in 2017. There have been 340 apartments purchased to accommodate more than 1,100 of our citizens at the expense of the subvention from 2017 to 2020. In 2021, UAH 125 million were allocated from the state budget to resolve housing issues, which will make it possible to provide housing to approximately 850 Ukrainians from among the IDPs," noted Inna Drahanchuk.

The speakers noted that the importance of this program has increased significantly in the conditions of the economic crisis and severe consequences of the pandemic for the internally displaced persons. Especially this issue is observed in the regions where the largest number of internally displaced persons is registered - Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv and Kyiv city.

Given the aforementioned initiative a series of seminars were held in April and May for representatives of amalgamated communities on the provision of subventions from the state budget to local budgets for activities to establish a housing fund for internally displaced persons with the active participation of the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine, the Charitable Foundation "Right to Protection" and the Association of Rural Councils, Village Councils and Amalgamated Communities of Ukraine.

The events were supported by the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions – Phase II” and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

More than 450 representatives of amalgamated communities from all regions of Ukraine without exception took part in six seminars.

According to the results of the seminars, some communities have already prepared documents and applied for a subvention.

"However, the main stage is just the beginning, today the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT is waiting for proposals for participation in the distribution of the subvention from all communities," summed up Inna Drahanchuk.