The approach of the pilot project (to be implemented in three micro-regions) is based on People In Need (PIN) Slovakia staff’s experience that final beneficiaries who can secure either a home or employment have a much easier time securing the other; and when both are secured, households perform better in a series of other fields, from children’s school attendance to educational outcomes, job security, and other family members finding employment. For PIN, implementing the Social Rental Enterprise (SRE) model is a unique opportunity which can help to combine housing with its (already existing) employment programme in order to reach a new level of efficiency. The pilots will select 45 Roma individuals (15 clients in each location) at risk of poverty and social exclusion, and help them achieve sustainable social and labour market integration through the SRE model. The three microregions as locations for the pilots are: Spišská Nová Ves, Prešov, and Malacky – located both in Eastern and Western Slovakia
The pilot of ULE project is situated in Budapest, and focus on the homeless without the possibility of obtaining legal housing. In the form of a Social Rental Enterprise (SRE) they next to affordable housing opportunites they provide intensive help in finding jobs and training opportunities for their beneficiaries in order to establish their sustainable social reintegration. Parallel to this, ULE will expand the services of the SRE to many tenants in the municipal social flats of districts 10 and 19.
The pilot project will be realized by Romodrom, a Czech NGO that is realizing social work with a focus on the Roma minority in various Czech regions. The aim of the project is to create housing and job security for socially excluded people or people at risk of social exclusion who have been living for a long term under inconvenient or unsuitable housing conditions – usually at legal or illegal hostels. One group hit especially by this are the Roma, who will constitute the majority of the clients for the pilot project. The pilot is based on the concept of recruiting residents from hostels in three Czech regions – Liberec region, Pardubice region and Olomouc region – and using the combined services of a Social Rental Enterprise (SRE). This should allow to integrate them both into the regular housing and the labour market.
Order of Malta
The pilot is based in the city of Veszprém, and utilize the already existing cooperation between the charity organisation and the municipality of Veszprém. The municipality intends to trust its full social rented housing stock to the charity organisation, which will utilize this opportunity to create a Social Rental Enterprise, offering affordable housing, a variety of employment services, complete with personalized social assistance.
Habitat for Humanity Poland
At the centre of the Polish project lies the assumption that the country’s relative housing shortage combined with low internal mobility, and the unequal employment opportunities within the country make the integration of socially vulnerable groups very difficult, and therefore, sustain social exclusion. Social service provisions in their current forms cannot make up for these structural deficiencies. The main goal of the pilot is to support the integration of services for individuals and families at risk of poverty and social exclusion, concentrating on the labour and housing markets. The model of the Social Rental Enterprise (SRE) will be pioneering a new response to identified social needs through providing integrated and tailored services that are affordable, efficient and effective.