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Construction site open – works begin on the project "Owner driven house rehabilitation for floods affected vulnerable people in Serbia-relocation of 21 socially vulnerable families who lost their accommodation during the floods in Obrenovac"

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The site was officialy open by fencing of the plot in the Obrenovac settlement Šljivić on Friday, 4 December 2015; thereby, construction of 21 residential units began. There will be built six (6) ground-floor buildings for 21 socially disadvantaged families. Beneficiaries are mainly Roma families that have lived in Miričića warehouse and other municipal social housing estates throughout Obrenovac before the flood. Families did not own these premises except usage permissions.

Expected moving of these families into residential units is in May / June 2016.

Not a single post-flood house rehabilitation program did offer a solution for this group of people; therefore, EHO proposed an alternative form of housing. 21 residential units (of different sizes) will be owned by the City of Belgrade / Obrenovac Municipality, and families are entitled to use these housing units in the period of up to 20 years.

During construction, EHO shall renovate and equip a children's playground in the settlement Šljivić and help 20 other most vulnerable families in this neighborhood (with construction materials) to complete renovation of their housing units damaged in the flood.

About the project: In May 2015 in Belgrade, there was signed a protocol on cooperation in joint implementation of the project "Owner driven house rehabilitation for floods affected vulnerable people in Serbia-relocation of 21 socially vulnerable families who lost their accommodation during the floods in Obrenovac". Cooperation protocol signatories are Ecumenical Humanitarian Organization from Novi Sad, City of Belgrade and the Belgrade municipality Obrenovac. By signing this Protocol, the signatories have accepted mutual obligations on the project of building 21 housing units with special attention on special conditions resulting from natural disasters - floods in May 2014, due to which the territory of Obrenovac and the Serbian government declared a state of emergency.

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The plot owned by the City of Belgrade, where housing units shall be built, was provided by the City of Belgrade for the use of its municipalities Obrenovac and Lazarevac. Also, by entrusting the affairs to municipalities Obrenovac and Lazarevac, the City of Belgrade has initiated and carried out all legal procedures to obtain the final construction permission and usage permit for residential buildings upon completion of the works.

EHO provided the funds needed to implement the housing program for 21 vulnerable families who lost their accommodation due to floods in Obrenovac, and who have no other possible housing solution.

The building permit was issued on 27 and 28 August 2015 and became effectual on 14 November 2015, after which the investor (Obrenovac municipality) made the application site.

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Project donors are two Swiss entities - Swiss Solidarity and HEKS-EPER (main project holders) who entrusted local implementation to EHO.

Tags: HEKS EPER, Swiss Solidarity

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