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Habitat for Humanity partners with Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development to improve housing conditions in Armenia

February 25, 2009

Yerevan, Armenia February: Habitat for Humanity Armenia has partnered with Yerevan-based Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development, thus renewing the cooperation between UFSD and Habitat for Humanity International. This partnership will allow HFHA to implement activities aimed at improving housing conditions of low-income families throughout Armenia.

“Both HFHA and UFSD work to improve housing conditions for vulnerable rural and urban populations in Armenia,” said Habitat for Humanity Armenia Executive Director Irina Vanyan. “Our collaboration means joining efforts in different areas, especially in providing affordable housing opportunities, developing policies aimed at eliminating poverty housing in Armenia and carrying out specific activities in the housing sphere. UFSD is one of our experienced partners and it will enable us achieve our goals in a professional manner.”

The agreement on cooperation was signed by the two parties in February 2009. “UFSD is proud to have HFHA as its partner,” said Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development Board of Trustees member Hayastan Stepanyan. “There are many commonalities between the ideas, strategies and practices of the two organizations. We value HFHA efforts to improve housing conditions in Armenia and are glad to have our modest contribution towards accomplishing the common goal.”

USFD will provide HFHA with expertise on improving housing conditions, housing management and environment issues.

In the past, UFSD has played an effective role in implementing Habitat housing projects in the Armenian villages of Khachik and Nshavan. “In the future, UFSD expects to continue and expand successful collaboration with HFHA in the areas of housing provision, condominium building strengthening and national housing policy research,” added Stepanyan.

About Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development
Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development promotes democratic transition in Armenia and decent living standards for its population. Founded in 2004, as the spin-off of the Urban Institute (Washington D.C.,) UFSD is dedicated to achieving better living standards for vulnerable urban and rural populations through capacity building, promotion of good governance, improved environment and increased awareness of civil society issues.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian non-profit organisation dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 350,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 20 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org.