Czech Republic: The experts disagree with supporting lodging houses for poor (Unofficial translation)
03/04/2013 - Czech Republic - Czech
Posted by : Country Coordinator Czech Republic
It seems that the Czech government wants to drop the preparations of the Act on Social Housing and support the lodging houses with semi-prison regime instead. So say the results of the analysis of the social lodging houses (Czech only), published by the Institute for Spatial Development operating under the Ministry of Regional Development.
The third sector described the analysis as being ethically controversial and having low quality. Academics, professionals and the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) expressed their concerns in the open letter to the Minister of Regional Development and the Minister of Interior.
The authors of the open letter claim that the government should change the view on social housing. Instead of punishing the poor by placing them in lodging houses (or “social homes”) with a semi-prison regime, it should find ways to support households which cannot afford standard rental housing. They further point out that it makes no sense to invest in new institutions for poor people in times of transformations of institutions and deinstitutionalization. The government should adopt the Act on Social Housing and support municipalities in planning and guarantying quality, available and desegregated social flats and related services.
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Source : Romea.cz