Improving the mechanism of housing subsidies provision


The housing subsidies program allows to support low-income families in terms of utility costs which can not be avoided, and to minimize the burden of rising energy and utilities prices on the needy population. Although being well-adjusted to the current economic conditions, the housing subsidy program has low targeting level (part of the funds goes to non-poor population) and is expensive and difficult to administer. That calls for its improvement.

Under this direction of the Social Assistance Reform Project, the experts of CASE Ukraine studied the practices of housing support in Central and Eastern Europe. Based on this experience as well as on the conditions and needs of Ukraine, they developed various options for improving the housing subsidies system, from the simplest ones that require little time or effort to implement, to more complex ones needing further research. For each of the options, the impact on the social assistance system was estimated.

The main results of this pilot project are presented in the following publications:

1. Summary report on Improving the mechanisms of housing subsidies provision

2. Overview of current procedures of social assistance provision in Ukraine

3. Housing Assistance Policies in Central European Countries

4. The Bulgarian Experience: the Design and Implementation of Policies on Housing Allowances and the Labor Activation of Social Assistance Beneficiaries in Bulgaria

5. Estimation of the Effects of Changes in Housing Subsidies Provision: Introduction of the Income Test

Тематичні напрямки
  • Projects
  • Social Protection

March 11, 2009