Romodrom – presentation
Romodrom o.p.s. was found as a non-profit organisation in 2001 by its chairwoman Marie Gailová. Since then Romodrom has been operating in different areas of support and help people. At the beginning Romodrom focused especially on members of the Roma minority endangered by unfavourable life situations gradually the target group had increased as the problem of social exclusion has concerned more and more people also in majority. Our goal is to help these people find solutions to their difficult situations and strengthen their competencies in managing their fates. Specifically, we strive for the change with the provision of social services and educational programmes in eight out of fourteen regions in the Czech Republic.
Romodrom – role in the HomeLab
project The pilot project is realized in three regions of the Czech Republic – Moravian Silesian Region, Olomouc Region and Pardubice Region, where it will support at least 45 households in total. The aim is to improve housing and job situation of socially excluded persons. The pilot is based on the concept of help to move the households living in unfavourable housing (legal/illegal hostels, shelters, poor quality housing etc.) to standard housing for affordable price and to help them manage their financial situation by getting employment or other type of legal job. Persons selected for the project will be actively cooperating with the organisation. The project ensures individualized case handling by two social workers in each region, who support final beneficiaries through three project phases: selection and preparation of end beneficiaries; support through entering into standard housing and formal employment; and continued accompanying social work once clients’ employment and housing situation is stabilized. Apartments for clients will be rented mostly from the private market, for that reason Romodrom aims to establish Social Rental Agency. As the target group of the pilot project is high risk, ensuring adequate work income can be arduously difficult, even once housing is stabilized. Therefore, the organisation will ensure intensive support in finding potential threats to employment, and overcoming them through individualized training, support and accompaniment. Field workers will maintain very close and intensive cooperation with clients, and they will pay particular attention to the stability of the beneficiary’s situation.