A Social Housing Feasibility Study, Tirana Municipality

In Albania, there is a perception that traditional social economic aid systems are unable to cope with diverse socio-economic challenges that are creating new kinds of vulnerability characterized by the emergence of mass unemployment and precarious working conditions for those in the labor market. Homelessness in Albania has many faces: young couples unable to afford the rising housing costs in the capital city, victims of domestic violence lacking a safe place, returned immigrants lacking alternative housing options, multi families living a single dwelling unit, members of the Roma and Egyptian community etc. As a result, there is a need to re-evaluate the traditional social housing schemes, going beyond the provision and management of a dwelling, and include much broader and complex tasks such as neighborhood management, and social services to tenants with special needs, and generally a stronger involvement in local communities.

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