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Social Housing

Provision of durable housing solution and reinstatement of human dignity

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Project Title: Provision of durable housing solution and reinstatement of human dignity – SOCIAL HOUSING
Project Location: SARAJEVO CANTON , ILIJAŠ MUNICIPALITY
Implementing agency: HILFSWERK AUSTRIA


Project aims: Human safety improvement, poverty reduction and life quality improvement through establishment of durable housing solutions for the most needy population, including:

- Strengthening the participation of local authorities and associations as contribution to positive processes in B&H that will lead to faster joining to process of stabilization and association to the EU;

- Strengthening the process of local integration of families that were not in position to return to pre war habitat;

Project aim is to offer wholesome response to needs of women war victims and/or protected witnesses and internally displaced persons whose houses/apartments were completely destroyed and to assist their integration and offer permanent housing solutions, independent work organisation and psycho-social assistance.

Project goals:

a) Establishment of housing units – social housing principle, for 17 the most socially vulnerable families and internally displaced persons, and one housing unit for provision of psycho-social assistance to targeted population in that region,;

b) Grants distribution and/or employment creation;

c) Assistance in obtaining all rights through legal assistance in coordination with the municipal legal department;

d) Successful integration and involvement of project beneficiaries in local society through information sharing and psycho-social assistance;

f) Improvement of community life through environment improvement

Total project value: 800.000 KM

Donors / project participants:

- Sarajevo Canton, Ministry of housing affairs – 400.000 KM
- Sarajevo Canton Government, Ministry of labor, social affairs, refugees and DPs – 200.000 KM
- UNHCR –65.000 KM
- Hilfswerk Austria, Family Council – oko 30.000 KM
- Ilijaš municipality – 105.000 KM project documentation, ground/location, infrastructure, legal assistance

HWA as one of initiator of social housing in BiH

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Social housing became one of the priorities in BiH and in the region. It is an emerging need, but somehow the social housing remained beyond influence of the civil society organizations, with the exception of the representatives of QNGOs – NGOs directly supported by the government representing interests of specific groups that are indeed in need but also members of the population groups that is politically and socially recognized as entitled to specific type of support (associations of war veterans, for example). Significant efforts were made in provision of reconstruction support for the returnees / refugees / war – affected population that enabled NGOs participating in the implementation of these activities gain extremely useful knowledge from the field and useful information about the people in need and potential applicable models that could be utilized to serve them.


Since 1996, Hilfswerk Austria International (HWA) BiH has been very active in the sector of refugee return support through complex integrated projects which comprehend various types of assistance such as: creation of permanent living space through reconstruction of houses, social housing, technical and social infrastructure; local capacity building through establishment and/or support to local NGOs and local authorities; education and training for local authorities – project associates; support in establishment or production improvement to SMEs in order to create new working places; improvements in agriculture sector through provision of grants, support to local co-operatives; psycho-social trainings for parents and teachers to reduce prejudices about inclusion and children with special needs and other activates. Hilfswerk Austria International has strong and respectable references in B&H with various donors (international and local): EC, the US Government (BPRM), Austrian government (ADA), UNHCR, the Dutch government, other Austrian donors, B&H government of all levels, in management and implementation of 73 projects valued more than 53 million EUR. Over 12.000 families were assisted through more than 3.400 houses that have been reconstructed, 7 social housing buildings with 63 flats were built, 5,400 grants delivered, at least 60 permanent new jobs created, 2 daily centres for children with special needs constructed etc.


HWA, one of the most successful organizations in the provision of support in reconstruction and community reintegration in the region, recognized the momentum to gradually move its focus more and more to social housing, aware of the need in the field and provide qualitative analysis for the purposes of the BiH strategy and models of social housing that was drafted jointly with HAJDE experts. HWA has performed an assessment of needs for social housing in BiH in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees BiH. Based on collected information we created data base for each municipality and prepared the Study which showed that more than 28.322 households or more than 53.000 persons are in need for social housing.


HWA is one of the largest organisations providing social & health care services, child care and support for families in Austria, as well as it supports people who need help in various regions all over the world, thus in charge of managing and running a number of social housing facilities (different types of accommodation including those with support of activities aiming to ensure support for senior citizens, homeless; women addicts etc.)

Social Housing in Ilijaš

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The country Bosnia and Herzegovina still faces serious difficulties to find durable solutions for suitable accommodation, integration and socialization of the most vulnerable population such as socially vulnerable women and their families who have no or very little income, single mothers, widows who lost their husbands in the war and/or traumatized women such as war victims.

This project focuses on these socially vulnerable women who live in Canton Sarajevo, Municipality Ilijaš and its aim is to erect and finance a house for their accommodation.


Objectives of the Project are:


- Construction of a resident building with 6 one-room apartments in the Municipality Ilijaš

- Provision of accommodation for 6 families of women war victims, widows and/or vulnerable women head of households and their children through construction of a resident building

- Improved community life through improvement of living environment


Characteristics of the targeted area:

Municipality of Ilijaš in Canton Sarajevo is amongst the most specific municipalities in B&H as during the war it

was occupied by the Serb forces, what resulted in displacement of local Bosnians and Bosnian Croats population to Croatia and wider area of Federation of B&H. On the other hand, after the DPA signature and
before the reintegration of Ilijaš municipality into the Federation of B&H, almost complete Bosnian Serb population fled to areas of Republic Srpska or Serbia.

Target group:

Project beneficiaries are at least 6 families or about 15 to 25 persons who are socially vulnerable women, single mothers or widows.
The Municipality will Ilijaš organize together with Hilfswerk Austria and H. Stepic CEE Charity the selection of beneficiaries who apply on public invitation and in commission for beneficiary selection for accommodation in the house.

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