Today, at the session of the Municipal Assembly of Herceg Novi, the Local Housing Study of the Roma and Egyptian Population was adopted, which was created as a product of the project “Improving the Integration of Roma and Egyptians at the Local Level”, jointly implemented by CEDEM, NGO Young Roma supported by the Open Society Foundation from Budapest.
Recognizing the importance and role of local governments in the implementation of social policy, and the importance of collecting timely and quality information for the development of local inclusion policies, partners in this project approached the study of housing needs of Roma and Egyptian population living in this municipality. local housing studies in this area.
Although housing is a basic human need that has long been met in developed countries not exclusively by market laws of supply and demand, today, in the Municipality of HN, 80.36% of Roma and Egyptian families live in households with inadequate housing. What it means? This means that their houses do not have a roof, they do not have a toilet, a final facade or insulation from cold and moisture, they have poor electrical installations and a lack of living space. On the other hand, 19.64% of families from the Roma and Egyptian communities live in temporary and extremely insecure accommodation, as is the situation with families living in Meljine, Šište and Bajkovina. These are just some of the key findings of the research.
The local housing study, which was created as the main product of the project, aims to provide a detailed overview of the housing situation of Roma and Egyptians in this municipality, and propose recommendations based on valid and verifiable data from the field. The study was supported by an expert analysis by a legal consultant and a civil engineer. A special part of the study is the field research report.
Field research is an elementary starting point in which the existing problems of housing in settlements and individual housing facilities are determined, as well as the social, material, educational and professional capacity of residents. With such a comprehensive approach, it is possible, using the internal potentials of the population, to find the right way to help these families. Namely, it is necessary to consider all available legal possibilities and using the obtained data from field research, make a plan of assistance activities that will lead to the improvement of housing of Roma and Egyptian populations in a way that they connect with the wider community and thus avoid social and spatial exclusion. while preserving and encouraging the development of specific ethnic cultural capacity and characteristics of this minority.
Finally, we owe special gratitude for the preparation of the study to the members of the multisectoral working group that was in charge of visiting the defined settlements and surveying members of Roma and Egyptian families in those settlements, primarily: Mr. Mehmet Berisha, Mr. Jovan Subotic, Mr. Vladimir Bošković, Mrs. Sladjana Vučićević, and then Mrs. Branka Božović, Mrs. Lela Stevović and Mr. Đuro Čeprnjić, who with their knowledge, experience and dedication contributed to the development of this quality and comprehensive analysis.