Housing poverty in Bulgaria
- 5,065 people served in FY18
- 155 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: construction & renovation, microfinance, advocacy
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 EU accession significantly increased the cost of property in Bulgaria, especially in the capital, pricing more and more families out of the market. The majority of Bulgarians own a house or a flat, but they struggle to maintain them.
Many live in big blocks of flats constructed 40-50 years ago that have never been maintained ever since.
Maintenance of dilapidated buildings has become a severe challenge for the homeowners, as the structures are rapidly deteriorating.
At the same time, social housing programmes have been cancelled and low-income families have no options to improve their living conditions.
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