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Immoral dormitory business NO, BUT…

Year of granting the aid: 2015
Realisation date: 01.06.2015 – 31.12.2015
Amount: 53 560 CZK
Organization: Občanské sdružení R - Mosty

By launching an awareness-raising campaign, the project joins the public debate on social housing law. The campaign will aim at raising awareness about the challenges of social housing faced by a great number of Roma families. The project covers the area of Prague, intending to introduce its citizens to the social exclusion of the Roma, stressing the housing issues which are key to social integration of the Roma. Its other goal is to draw attention to the fragmented legislation that is being peddled under the guise of a fight against the immoral dormitory business, but which can ultimately further the plight of needy, especially Roma, families. May 5, 2015, will see the coming into force of a legislative measure penned by parliamentary deputies from the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and added as a ‘rider’ to the Act on Destitution, which gives municipalities the authority to grant or deny housing benefits to individual dormitory clients. Some municipalities, such as Bohumín, have already declared their readiness to promptly clean-up dormitories. The campaign will raise awareness of the actual risks entailed by this ill-thought-out approach to social housing.