Research based arguments for new housing policies in favour of all

Project facts

Project promoter:
Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria(BG)
Project Number:
In implementation
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The results from the 2011 population census in Bulgaria show that three and more people live in the same room in approximately 85 000 dwellings with more than 395 000 inhabitants, mainly Roma. More than 200 000 dwellings in the country (of mainly Roma) are not legal. The issue of poor housing and illegal dwellings in Roma neighbourhoods has been ignored for several decades already and the public administration has not carried out an adequate housing policy at municipal and national level. The project aims at contributing to the development of long-term municipal and national housing policies that can meet the needs and provide adequate and secure housing and living environment to Roma. The project is expected to carry out an in-depth research of the housing needs of the Roma communities in Sliven and Targovishte and initiate a debate and direct work with the public authorities and other stakeholders to formulate adequate municipal housing policies, programmes and ordinances. This experience will be shared with the National Association of Municipalities in Bulgaria and all municipalities and it will be the foundation for recommendations to improve the national housing policy. The project will contribute to clear formulation of the housing needs of Roma in Sliven and Targovishte based on a representative survey with an overall analytical report and a study of the existing municipal housing policies. The vision, goals and measures to improve the housing conditions will be discussed at round tables with the stakeholders. Several local organizations will be trained to provide advocacy before the administration on housing issues. The report with the recommendations will be presented at a National Housing Forum to initiate dialogue with the state institutions and change the national housing policy. The main project target groups will be the public institutions (at national and local level) and local civil society organizations.  

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