Social Service for the Vulnerable


UNDP Georgia vulnerable
Social housing in Tbilisi benefits up to 30 vulnerable families but many more are waiting for assistance. May 2009. Photo: Mariam Janashia/UNDP

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 Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 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 complements the initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to provide affordable housing to the most vulnerable in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Bolnisi and Batumi municipalities.

We assist to promote the concept of social housing and provide professional training and consultation to the municipal authorities. We also help municipal social workers to select beneficiaries of social houses and assist them in settling in the provided premises.

More direct support is provided to the municipal social service In Rustavi where UNDP assists in analysing and establishing adequate social programmes.

Who finances it

SDC US$ 120,000


2013 US$ 74,432.77
2012 US$ 44,569.93
Start date:
February 2012
End date:
April 2014
Geographic coverage:
City Halls and local municipalities in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Gori, Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Gori and Batumi, Tbilisi State University, Ilia State University
Millennium Development Goal
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Project Document
  • Social Service for the Vulnerable English
Contact Person in UNDP

George Nanobashvili

Economic Development Programme Team Leader