BiH: EU secures housing for more than 2,700 people

BiH: EU secures housing for more than 2,700 people

More than 2,700 people from 45 municipalities and cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina were provided with safe housing solutions, while 204 families were granted access to economic support packages through the Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme, financed by the European Union with €12.5 million.

Since the Programme was launched, 335 new houses were built, while almost 600 housing units were renovated to ensure adequate living conditions for socially and economically vulnerable households.

“Families who fulfilled conditions for additional economic support -204 of them- will be given an opportunity to secure sustainable and stable sources of income for themselves, in accordance with their needs and capacities, through agricultural production or self-employment. Beneficiaries of agriculture production packages will be given the chance to work in greenhouses and provided with accompanying equipment and raw materials, beehives and equipment for beekeeping, small agricultural machinery, equipment and materials for corn sowing. All beneficiaries of the economic support measures are provided with mentoring and expert advisory services, which will help them achieve the best results possible”, said the EU Delegation to BiH in press release.

The Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme constitutes the next phase in the European Union’s efforts to alleviate the catastrophic effects of the 2014 floods. The 15 million-euro worth Programme is co-funded by the European Union with 12.5 million, and the entity governments of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), Republika Srpska (RS), the UNDP in BiH and partner local governments. The Programme will be implemented in 45 municipalities in BiH by the UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) and Hilfswerk International (HWI). /ibna