Housing Poverty In Bulgaria
- 3,065 people served in FY19
- 2,365 people served through market developments in FY19
Our local team works not only with families and individuals to improve their current housing situation but also to support communities by partnering with community-based social support organisations, adding value to their activities.
During communism, the national government provided families with housing. However once the market economy took hold, the responsibility for housing fell on the local authorities, who have no resources or know-how to deal with this challenge.
As a result, more and more homes need major repairs while many homeowners cannot afford even basic maintenance of their flats
The majority of the Bulgarians own a house or a flat, but they struggle to maintain them. Many live in pre-fabricated condominium buildings constructed 40-50 years ago.
Maintenance of these buildings has become a severe challenge for the homeowners as the structures are rapidly deteriorating.
The EU accession significantly increased the cost of property in Bulgaria, especially in the capital, which priced more and more families out of the market.
Over the past 20 years, rural areas experienced a major loss of employment, income and services. Living standards in villages are below the 1990 level.
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