Housing poverty in Romania
- 280 people served in FY18
- 2,147 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: home building & renovation, schools & community centres
Our local office was established in 1996 to alleviate housing poverty In Romania. Our affiliates are spread across the three historic provinces of the country, with the national office in Bucharest. Two-thirds of Romania’s poor live in rural areas. In the cities, many dwellers live in cramped and decaying apartments in condominium complexes.
In Romania, more than 5 million people are living in poverty — 1.5 million of those are children. Nearly 8.5 million people (41.2% of the Romanian population) have no bath or shower or access to running water. According to the national statistics, 35% of the housing stock in Romania is in a state of complete neglect and needs urgent repairs.
Real wages for working Romanian families have dropped by about 40%, putting additional pressure on the strained social system. The unemployed, farmers and housewives are most affected by severe poverty.
Much of Romania’s housing stock is low quality and deteriorating because of a lack of maintenance. A family of eight is typically more likely to live in a two-room flat than in a house. More than 10,000 blocks of flats were constructed 40-50 years ago and now need serious renovation to their infrastructure, heating systems and roofs.
In recent years, Romania has faced several bad floods, leaving thousands of people in temporary shelters every year. Similarly, the country has experienced harsh winters with heavy snowfalls that isolated many villages from the main roads and stable food supplies.
We build, rehabilitate, provide advice, support and conduct energy efficiency and disaster risk reduction and response programmes for vulnerable groups. Our organisation runs nationwide and regional campaigns to raise funds for its construction projects and works closely with a large number of companies who actively support charitable projects.
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