Providing assistance in housing and winterization to internally displaced persons form regions of conflict in Ukraine
According to an overview by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs dated 18 September 2014, there are 275,489 internally displaced people in Ukraine. Caritas Polska is implementing a project aimed at helping internally displaced people in six cities in Ukraine’s four western oblasts: Lviv, Drohobych, Sokal (Lviv Oblast), Ivano-Frankivsk (Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast), Kolomyia (Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast), and Novovolynsk (Volyn Oblast). Seven hundred and fifty people will receive support under the project.
Beneficiaries will receive three types of aid:
- help to find accommodation and pay rent and utilities bills for their apartment or shelter. For three months, 300 people will be receiving PLN 110 per month to pay rent and cover other accommodation expenses. The project will also help beneficiaries find other forms of accommodation, including accommodation in Caritas’s buildings and with families that wish to take in displaced people;
- providing goods for the winter. Each of the 450 beneficiaries will receive one-off aid worth PLN 240. Goods will be purchased and distributed directly to beneficiaries, or beneficiaries will be provided with ATM cards to pay for their shopping;
- legal, psychosocial and professional support provided by social workers. Under this form of aid, 600 beneficiaries will receive advice on their rights and procedures for changing/exchanging documents, as well as others forms of legal assistance and psychosocial support. Moreover, 400 people will receive help to find employment or start their own business.
Caritas Polska is partnering locally with Caritas Ukraine. The project will run from October to December 2014.