Social Service for the Vulnerable
Poverty remains one of the major concerns in Georgia. Despite a number of social programmes implemented by the Government in recent years, a significant part of the population still lives below the poverty line.
Georgia still lacks a well-developed system of social service which could remedy many of the remaining issues, including the need for adequate housing.
The rapid growth of real estate prices and housing rent in recent years, absence of housing legislation and insufficient attention of the state to the housing sector has been preventing the vulnerable groups in desperate need of adequate housing from improving their housing conditions.
No housing solutions have been created for the vulnerable apart from the collective centres for internally displaced people.
In 2008 the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO) constructed social housing units in Tbilisi for 28 vulnerable families. In 2009 this initiative was expanded to Gori, Kutaisi, Zugdidi and Batumi. The houses host around 300 people (136 families).
One of the conditions to make this programme truly effective is professionalism of municipality staff tasked to design, provide and monitor social assistance to people in need.
What We Do
UNDP complemented the initiative of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus to provide affordable housing to the most vulnerable in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Bolnisi and Batumi municipalities.
We assisted to promote the concept of social housing and provide professional training and consultation to the municipal authorities. We also helped municipal social workers to select beneficiaries of social houses and assist them in settling in the provided premises.
More direct support was provided to the municipal social service in Rustavi where UNDP assisted in analysing and establishing adequate social programmes.
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