Across Eastern Europe many families are living in crumbling apartment blocks from the communist area.
Habitat Ireland has partnered with Habitat Romania since 1999. Despite being in the EU, more than five million Romanians live in poverty and its housing need is the worst in Europe. For over 20 years, Habitat Romania has been working beside families and communities in need to find innovative housing solutions, ranging from building and renovating homes to advocating for better housing policies.
Funds raised in Ireland supported Habitat Romania’s COVID response; which included building an emergency centre in Moinesti. The centre was completed in 2021, improve the working conditions of doctors, nurses and ambulance crews in the area, giving them a space to rest and recuperate, as well as serving more than 65,000 local people.
This is the story of the Hongu family:
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"It will be such a big change, and it will change our lives forever."- Ms Hongu, Habitat homeowner