Housing poverty in Macedonia
- 21,905 people served in FY18
- 171 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: home building, energy-efficiency, housing microfinance
We began work in 2004 to alleviate the state of housing poverty in Macedonia. From the outset, we started several projects. Our "Home Improvement Fund" was named among the three most innovative development projects worldwide by the Global Development Network, a World Bank affiliated institution.
Macedonia has come a long way in its transition from a socialist centrally-planned system to a market economy since its independence in 1991.
However, the country’s integration into the European Union and other international structures has been slow and challenging. About 80,000 households still lack long-term housing solutions, and 12% of the housing stock is substandard.Read more about energy efficiency in Macedonia
The average age of buildings in Macedonia is 30 years, and because of poor maintenance, about 100,000 units in collective apartment buildings are in need of immediate EE intervention.
Housing conditions are particularly grave for Roma households. The capital city, Skopje, hosts squatter settlements of about 120,000. It has the largest Roma community in Europe, which lives in a ghetto-like environment.Read more about legalising Roma homes
About 320,000 people, almost 15% of Macedonia’s population, live in illegally constructed buildings.
In line with our commitment to help vulnerable groups, we responded to the current refugee crisis by providing temporary shelter between Macedonia and Greece.
Poverty in Macedonia is such that many families live in overcrowded homes together with parents or grandparents and cannot afford new apartments. To address the need, we’ve started construction of an entire housing complex in Veles, an industrial city in the center of the country.
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