The financing of the action "Securing housing through rent subsidy" of the Municipality of Kozani was approved, in the context of wider actions implemented with the aim of support and social inclusion.
The action will be co-financed by the European Social Fund (ΕΚΤ) and National Resources, through the Priority Axis 10: "Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty and discrimination (ΕΚΤ)», through the invitation of the Operational Program of the Region of Western Macedonia 2014-2020.
The action of the rent subsidy concerns the relocation of the Roma from existing settlements to autonomous housing solutions, based on relevant criteria, as well as the provision of support services for their wider social integration in the social fabric of the local community.
The aim of the operation is to find housing, avoiding the creation of makeshift settlements that do not ensure decent living and hygiene conditions, with the parallel development of a network of social services, which will enhance their empowerment and autonomy through the development of skills. Alongside, adults will be promoted in employment, but also children in the education system, helping them to achieve equal social inclusion.
This operation ensures that it clearly communicates to the collaborating bodies, to the beneficiaries themselves, but also in the whole local community, that it accepts beneficiaries of an independent race, ethnic origin, religion, beliefs, disability, age, sexual orientation and ensures their equal service, depending on the personal needs of each, preventing any kind of discrimination.
This initiative is added to a set of actions implemented by the Municipality of Kozani, in the direction of respecting and accepting the different culture, as well as the social inclusion of all citizens.