Public activists ask Groysman to expand housing program for IDPs
KYIV. Oct 8 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Public activists have appealed to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman with the request to expand the subvention program for the purchase of housing for internally displaced persons (IDPs) from certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Russian-occupied Crimea.
"We registered our appeal last week from the public council, as well as from the All-Ukrainian Platform of Donbas, the largest coalition that today participated in the formation of a public council at the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories. We ask the prime minister personally to take responsibility for what is happening in the country with regard to housing for displaced persons," Chairwoman of the Expert Council of the Public Council under the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Natalia Tselovalnychenko said at a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine news agency in Kyiv on Monday.
Chairman of the Public Council under the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, co-founder of the All-Ukrainian Platform of Donbas Hennadiy Borysychev, in turn, added that activists propose expanding the procedure and conditions for granting a subsidy from the state budget to local budgets for purchasing housing for IDPs from Donbas and Crimea.
"Some 50% [for the purchase of housing for IDPs] is allocated by the state and 50% by local budgets, by the territorial community where IDPs live. Now this program is valid only in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in some localities [...] What is the essence of our appeal to the prime minister? We offered the prime minister to expand the program to all regions of Ukraine," he said.
In addition, activists are asking the premier to increase the budget of this program from UAH 34 million to UAH 150 million.
According to Borysychev, IDPs received 238 apartments mainly in Mariupol and Pokrovsk, and the property is in communal ownership.