Support to homeless Ukrainian refugee families in Chernivtsi (RefuFam)
01.11.2014 – 31.07.2016
Narodna Dopomoha (Volkshilfe Ukraine)
Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Narodna Dopomoha, Volkshilfe
To support 50 homeless Ukrainian families which fled to Chernivtsi from South-Eastern Ukraine with accommodation, starter packages, job-seeking measures as well as administrative, financial and psycho-social counselling.
50 selected homeless Ukrainian families which fled to Chernivtsi from South-Eastern Ukraine have secured accommodation throughout the project duration.
Members of selected homeless Ukrainian families which fled to Chernivtsi from South-Eastern Ukraine are strengthened through administrative, financial, psycho-social and job counselling.
Unemployed parents of 50 selected homeless Ukrainian families which fled to Chernivtsi from South-Eastern Ukraine gained new perspectives for income generation.
Information about the project got disseminated on a local and regional level.
As a result of the conflict in regions of Eastern Ukraine having started in February 2014 and political changes in the (Autonomous) Republic Crimea according to UNHCR a total of 1,438 million Ukrainians have fled within their own country by August 2015. 95% of the refugees originate from Eastern Ukraine while 5% fled Crimea. UNHCR points out a high number of unreported cases, especially in regard to Crimea.
Due to a delayed implementation of a national strategy (legislation on IDPs, supporting programmes) most refugees had to rely on their own and their families' and friends' resources to cover their basic needs. They are exhausted and many refugees are threatened or already concerned by homelessness.
Since April 2014 ND actively takes care of the social support for those many IDPs. The registration centre of ND for homeless people started legal and socio-psychological counselling and succeeded at obtaining preliminary registration for numerous refugees to receive social benefits and to be able to apply for jobs.