Ukraine is to receive €9 million from Germany in order to create social housing for internally displaced persons, and to develop infrastructure in the relevant cities, as announced on the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy.
The relevant financial and project-related agreements were signed on Thursday by Andriy Reva, Minister of Social Policy, Marion Knesch, head of the municipal and infrastructural division of the German KfW Development Bank, and Andriy Laktionov, executive director of the Ukrainian Social Investment Fund (USIF), in the presence of German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel, and Lutz Horn-Haake, director of the KfW office in Ukraine.
The non-refundable financial assistance is being provided by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW. The project “Assistance in the development of social infrastructure USIF VI” will last for four years. The funds will be directed to the Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhia and Kharkiv provinces, as well as the Ukraine-controlled regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.
The new project will help provide social housing for roughly one thousand immigrants. The USIF will administrate the allocation of the funds.
“As part of the new project, with the funds allocated by the German government, we will restore or build ‘from scratch’ 10-12 apartment buildings for internally displaced persons. Close to each building we will renovate a school or kindergarten – quickly, transparently, and according to German standards of energy efficiency and overall quality,” said fund director Andriy Laktionov.
Earlier the Verkhovna Rada gave orphans of age 16 and above from the temporarily occupied territories the right to register for social housing.