INTEGRATION PROCESS OF IDPS INTO LOCAL COMMUNITIES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH HOUSING
Housing remains the main issue for internally displaced persons. Due to the state subvention, which is realized jointly with local budgets, over 700 displaced persons have been provided with housing in Mariupol for the period of three years.In the nearest plans are another 750, and in the perspective in 5 years to provide more than 1000 persons who are in line.
«It is important to note that Mariupol is an example for all Ukraine in attracting investments, using subventions for the social and economic development of the city, including the successful integration of internally displaced persons into local communities. The city sees people who were forced to leave their homes due to aggression of the Russian Federation, as great potential and prospects for development and calls them new residents of Mariupol», ‒ said the Deputy Minister.
«The Ministry for Veterans Affairs is committed to facilitating the implementation of the investment project "Modernization of the water supply system in Mariupol", aimed at improving water supply with the support of the credits from the French bank, which was signed by the Intergovernmental Agreement at the beginning of the year», ‒ said Ruslan Kalinin.
The Deputy Minister visited the first social hostel in Ukraine for vulnerable groups of civilians, including displaced persons.In total, 75 persons who were in need for housingreceived apartments here.The hostel was created with the support of the European Union and the assistance of local authorities. The total cost of the project is 10.4 million UAH (EU - 10.1 million UAH, city - 300 000 UAH), the total building area is more than 630 sq.m.
Ruslan Kalinin also visited the social housing of the «New residents of Mariupol», which was provided for temporary residence, including internally displaced persons.The project is aimed at the reconstruction of this social housing and is carried out due to the state subvention jointly with the local budget in the ratio of 30/70 %. The total budget of the facility is 13.9 million UAH (local budget - 6.3 million UAH, state budget - 7.6 million UAH).
The issue of providing the state subvention to local budgets for implementation of measures to support the territories, which were adversely affected bythe armed conflict in the East of Ukraine, is entrusted to the Ministry for Veterans Affairs.
In addition, Ruslan Kalinin visited the Children's Hospital of Mariupol and the new Children's Advisory and Diagnostic Polyclinic during the working visit.It took less than a year to turn the old building of the Children's Hospital into a diagnostic centre for the little residents of Mariupol, equipped with the most modern equipment.It is worth noting that there are displaced persons among the hospital workers, who were also provided with housing for temporary use by the local authorities, in particular two nurses and an endocrinologist.
«The expediency of launching social projects aimed at addressing the urgent needs of displaced persons does not require additional justification.The Ministry for Veterans Affairs attracts all opportunities to support such projects in the communities, including the attraction of state subvention, support of international humanitarian organizations and investments», ‒ noted Ruslan Kalinin.
An important issue of the working visit to Mariupol of the Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Ruslan Kalinin was the provision of quality drinking water to the city and work with internally displaced persons.
During the meeting, the mayor of Mariupol Vadim Boychenko and other representatives of the local authorities discussed the difficult situation of providing the city with quality drinking water: supply is carried out from Sloviansk, water supply breaks that lead to water supply interruption, and poor water quality coming to almost half a million city, requires the introduction of alternative sources of water supply.