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  • Video of the conference „Policies for improvement of the housing conditions of vulnerable groups on municipal and natiоnal level“ 27.05.2022 - On April 14th, 2022 Habitat Bulgaria hosted the conference „Policies for improvement of the housing conditions of vulnerable groups on municipal and natiоnal level“. The agenda covered housing related issues on local, national and global level. Habitat Bulgaria raised pressing issues like the fact that Bulgaria still hasn’t adopted a National Housing Strategy, and that […]
  • Housing without a future? 14.03.2022 - Has the housing stock in Bulgaria been managed properly? Who should support it? A national housing strategy for 2018-2030 was drafted in 2018, but it has not yet been adopted. Learn more about Habitat Bulgaria’s recommendations for improving the local housing policies and practices in the video below. Habitat Bulgaria is implementing the project „Research […]
  • Photo credit: Umit Bektas / Reuters Pictures. Habitat distributes hotel vouchers at Ukrainian border, activates plan to help refugees with shelter needs in four countries 04.03.2022 - BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (March 4, 2022) — Habitat for Humanity this week began distributing hotel vouchers to families fleeing the violence in Ukraine as the humanitarian housing organization ramps up its efforts to reduce the vulnerability of refugees and meet their shelter needs in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The vouchers, secured through Habitat’s partnership with […]
  • Wienerberger and Habitat for Humanity International extend partnership to build and advocate for affordable homes 28.02.2022 - ATLANTA (Feb. 28, 2022) — Wienerberger Group, a supplier of building materials and infrastructure solutions, today announced it is extending a decade-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity International for an additional three years. Wienerberger will donate bricks, roof tiles and piping materials for use in Habitat homes while also contributing its expertise and volunteers to […]
  • Снимка: WWF Lets use biomass without cutting down forests 03.12.2021 - The transition to a low-carbon economy can be achieved in a sustainable way. Habitat Bulgaria joins the experts of WWF Bulgaria, starting joint work on a new project, guaranteeing the sustainable utilization of biomass without additional risks of deforestation. Through this project WWF is taking a step forward in its work on combating climate change. […]
  • Bulgarian homes – often overcrowded, energy inefficient and too expensive 25.11.2021 - Interview by Gergana Mancheva with Mincho Benov, national director of Habitat Bulgaria, Radio Bulgaria – BNR. Photo: BGNES Even during a crisis, when Bulgarians have limited their spending to basic things like food, fuel and heating, interest in new housing has not dropped. However, most of the newly built homes remain uninhabited for a long […]
  • Europe Housing Forum to focus on the future of affordable and sustainable housing 08.11.2021 - Bratislava, Slovakia (Nov. 8, 2021) – On the heels of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow and amid worsening economic and health conditions related to a COVID-19 spike in Europe, almost 1000 participants are expected to attend the virtual Europe Housing Forum to discuss how housing intersects with climate change, health and the economy. […]
  • Habitat for Humanity advocates for inclusive, resilient housing at COP26 climate change conference 02.11.2021 - GLASGOW (Nov. 1, 2021) — Habitat for Humanity International is calling on delegates at the world’s premiere climate change conference to ensure efforts to reduce carbon emissions don’t raise the cost of housing while also helping the most vulnerable families adapt their homes to withstand rising seas, extreme temperatures and increasingly intense weather events. “Reducing […]
  • Bulgaria falls into the category of extreme energy poverty, according to the European Domestic Energy Poverty Index (EDEPI) 27.09.2021 - In the period July 2020 – June 2021, Habitat Bulgaria implemented the first joint advocacy project with the European Climate Foundation. Habitat Bulgaria actively advocated for the adoption of a Long-term Strategy for the Renovation of the Housing and Non-housing Stock 2021-2050, the development of a definition, parameters and content of „Energy Poverty” and the […]
  • Sociological survey „Housing needs and attitudes of families, living in poverty areas in the municipalities Sliven and Targovishte, Bulgaria” 19.07.2021 - In the period July, 20th – October, 20th 2020 Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria conducted a representative sociological survey „Housing needs and attitudes of families, living in poverty areas in the municipalities Sliven and Targovishte, Bulgaria”. A total of 800 households were interviewed, 310 of them in “Nadezhda” district of Sliven, 140 in the village of […]
  • Habitat Bulgaria has successfully implemented a 6-year program for improvement of the living conditions of low-income families 16.02.2021 - Over the past 6 years Habitat Bulgaria has been implementing an effective model for providing holistic community support, which includes: • housing microfinance for low-income families; • increasing the local community capacity by delivering life skills training seminars for the beneficiary groups; • providing additional social and community services through a grant funding scheme for […]
  • IV National Housing Forum “Overcoming the housing and energy poverty – a prerequisite for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” 27.01.2021 - With the Third National Housing Forum held in 2019, Habitat Bulgaria has put a strong emphasis on the growing need to secure access to housing and renovation of the poor neighbourhoods. This year, the organization builds up these issues by organizing the Fourth National Housing Forum “Overcoming the housing and energy poverty – a prerequisite […]
  • MEPs: Access to adequate housing should be a fundamental European right 21.01.2021 - • Adequate housing to include high-quality drinking water and sanitation • Call for an EU-wide goal to end homelessness by 2030 • Housing costs should be kept affordable by law MEPs call on the EU to recognise access to decent and affordable housing as an enforceable human right and to push for measures to eradicate […]
  • Survey for identifying the housing needs of families from poor neighborhoods in Targovishte and Sliven 21.12.2020 - In the past few months Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria conducted a representative sociological survey of the housing situation in two regions of the country – Sliven and Targovishte. The survey went through several stages: a field study in 800 households was carried out in 4 communities with predominantly Roma population, two focus group discussions on […]
  • Right to Energy Coalition 17.12.2020 - On December 10, 2020, Habitat Bulgaria was accepted as a full member of the European coalition Right to Energy. The coalition unites trade unions, anti-poverty groups, social housing providers, NGOs, environmental campaigners, health organisations and energy cooperatives across Europe. The Right to Energy coalition actively campaigns to tackle energy poverty at an EU, national and […]
  • The survey for identifying the housing needs of families from poor neighborhoods in the Municipality of Sliven has started 20.08.2020 - After starting the fieldwork in the region of Targovishte in July, now the research in Sliven is on the go. Sliven Municipality is the second location where Habitat Bulgaria will conduct a representative sociological survey to define the housing conditions and needs in the region. Based on that research Habitat Bulgaria will prepare a report […]
  • Habitat Bulgaria’s Statement 10.08.2020 - WITH REGARDS TO: The Draft of the Long-term Strategy for Renovation of the National Housing and Non-housing Stock 2021-2050, published for public consultations. The Draft of the Long-term Strategy for Renovation of the National Housing and Non-housing Stock 2021-2050 has been published on the site for public consultations of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers. The […]
  • A survey has been launched to define the housing needs of low-income families from Targovishte Municipality 20.07.2020 - Targovishte Municipality is one of the two locations where Habitat Bulgaria will conduct a representative sociological survey to define the housing conditions and needs in Targovishte region, Bulgaria. Based on that research Habitat Bulgaria will prepare a report with recommendations for improvement of local practices and policies related to the living conditions in general and […]
  • SIGN THE PETITION AND CHANGE THE COUNT! Push the EU to solve the global housing crisis. #home4all 06.07.2020 - By 2030, 1 out of 4 people will live in poor housing conditions. The fast-moving challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic adds another urgent reason to ensure that people can shelter at home and protect their health and families. ACT NOW ❗ ➔ Sign the petition: https://bit.ly/home4all_петиция In Europe today, young people cannot afford to […]
  • Habitat Bulgaria starts a new partnership with the European Climate Foundation 01.07.2020 - The European Climate Foundation will support Habitat Bulgaria’s advocacy work in the areas of the residential energy efficiency and the development of a definition for “Energy Poverty”. Habitat Bulgaria will actively advocate for the adoption of a Long-term Strategy for the Renovation of the Housing and Non-housing Stock 2021-2050, the development of a definition, parameters […]
  • Project: “Research Based Arguments for New Housing Policies in Benefit of All” 01.04.2020 - Habitat Bulgaria is implementing the project “Research Based Arguments for New Housing Policies in Benefit of All”. The project started in October 2019 and is funded within the first call for strategic projects of Active Citizen Fund Bulgaria with the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. The duration of the project, which aims to […]
  • Statement of Habitat Bulgaria 30.03.2020 - Statement of Habitat Bulgaria on the Voluntary National Review of the progress of Bulgaria in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. In February 2020, the Bulgarian Ministry of the Foreign Affairs submitted to the Council of Ministers the Voluntary National Review of Bulgaria of the progress in the implementation of each […]
  • The largest global advocacy campaign to improve access to land for shelter has reached another ten municipalities in Bulgaria 29.11.2019 - Within the three-year campaign (2018 – 2020), Habitat Bulgaria continues its successful series of meetings and volunteer actions with municipalities and universities, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of urbanization, as well as improving of the urban environment. During the workshops, the options for renovation of the poor neighbourhoods were discussed – namely, improving living […]
  • III National Housing Forum “Access to Housing and Renovation of Poor Neighborhoods” 09.04.2019 - With two National Housing Forums held in 2013 and 2016, Habitat Bulgaria has sharpened the attention of institutions and the public on the need to improve housing conditions in the country. This year, the organization is focusing on the growing need to secure access to housing and renovate poor neighborhoods by organizing the third National […]
  • The largest global advocacy campaign to improve access to land for shelter is launching in Bulgaria 10.09.2018 - Cities cannot respond to the need for housing. People move there in large numbers to find work, but the population growth rate exceeds the rate of adequate housing. By 2030, three out of every five people in the world are expected to live in cities, and the ghetto population will double, reaching 2 billion. These […]
  • By 2030, 1 out of 4 people will live in poor housing conditions 28.05.2018 - Sofia, 28 – 29 May 2018 People move to large cities to find work, with population growth exceeding the rate at which cities can respond to the need for housing. Currently, one in every seven people on the planet lives in unduly built and overcrowded urban areas, with insufficient infrastructure, often without access to electricity, […]
  • Habitat Bulgaria has come up with a package of proposals to the government 12.10.2017 - Hundreds of thousands of people in Bulgaria today live in conditions far below the minimum standards for housing. Nearly 395,000 people live with three or more other people in a room, in difficult conditions, often in poorly constructed, hand-built houses. Poor housing conditions lead to social and economic isolation of residents. The state and municipalities […]
  • Three years of the Decent Home Coalition in Bulgaria 15.02.2017 - The National Decent Home Coalition in Bulgaria organizes a working meeting and a General Assembly to present the results of its three years of targeted work towards creating an adequate housing strategic and regulatory framework in the country. The program of the event was structured in two panels: The first panel was attended by two […]