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Habitat for Humanity Serbia

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HFH Serbia
Zochova 6-8
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In Serbia, Habitat for Humanity is starting to work through a partnership with a local nonprofit organization, the Housing Center. The Center focuses on improving housing conditions for socially vulnerable groups. It has been active since 2004, has 18 founders, and relies on a network of partners and associates – mainly architects, engineers and social workers.

The housing need in Serbia

In Serbia, Habitat for Humanity is starting to work through a partnership with a local nonprofit organization, the Housing Center. The Center focuses on improving housing conditions for socially vulnerable groups. It has been active since 2004, has 18 founders, and relies on a network of partners and associates – mainly architects, engineers and social workers.

How Habitat addresses the need

Habitat for Humanity is starting its work in Serbia by partnering with the Housing Center. This cooperation is based on two Habitat competences: volunteer mobilization and volunteer management. Habitat will be assisting the Housing Center in developing a local volunteer program. It will be transferring knowledge related to recruiting, training and managing volunteers at the construction site. Habitat has engaged local volunteers together with homeowners in building and renovating homes since its founding in 1976. Habitat’s international volunteering program has been in operation since 1989 and operates in more than 60 countries.

  • Construction of social housing in supportive environment
    The project in Serbia has two main components: the construction of social housing, and creation of the supportive environment. A total of 44 housing units for 132 people will be constructed. These units will be places in three locations. The buildings and apartments will be owned and maintained by municipalities. The beneficiaries are refugees living in collective centers or inadequate housing. It also includes other vulnerable groups, like single mothers, elderly persons, victims of gender violence and Roma.

    This €1 million project is mainly supported from the European Union funds. Around 10 percent of the funding comes from partnering nonprofit organizations, among them Habitat for Humanity.

What is a supportive social environment

A Supportive Environment is not only a form of housing support, but also an instrument for achieving social inclusion and a way for many families to step out of the vicious cycle of poverty. It is composed of activities provided by the local families and social centers. Vulnerable people or refugees start living in the newly constructed social units alongside local families. They share everyday activities and develop good neighborly relationships. In addition to that, municipal social centers provide these people with training opportunities and support to start independent lives.

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Country facts:

Capital: Belgrade
Main country facts: Independent since June 5, 2006
Population: Over 7 million

Find more country facts on:
CIA The World Factbook – Serbia

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Habitat facts:

When the program started: Partnership with a local organization launched in 2011
Highlights: Memorandum of understanding for the first housing unit signed with local authorities in May, 2011
Families served: N/A