TIRANA, Feb 13 /ATA/-By Z.Tosku/ – The dream of having a new warm house and to raise children in it has come true for some 60 families in Shkoza, Tirana. Not long ago they lived in undignified conditions in a non-conventional housing such as tents, shacks, barracks, or any type of precarious constructions.
But the 60 families have already entered their new homes thanks to the “New House – New Life” project co-financed by the Municipality of Tirana and IADSA.
Some 60 other families have received their new homes following a previous group of other 60 families from Bregu Lumit area who moved in the new housing units in Shkoza, few kilometres away from the center of Tirana.
The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, the Minister of Finance and Economy, Arben Ahmetaj, the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Ogerta Manastirliu, and the Italian Ambassador to Albania, Alberto Cutillo, visited a family in the new residential complex on Tuesday,
In his remarks during the visit, Tirana Mayor said the project creates a functional and efficient model not only for providing housing, but also for full integration of marginalized communities and improvement of their living conditions. Veliaj expressed gratitude to the Italian Government and Ambassador Cutillo, who helped in building the new residential complex and finalization of the project that was launched only a year ago.
The Italian Ambassador Alberto Cutillo said he was happy to see these children smile and having a beautiful warm house.
“These children should now attend school in order to become not only decent Albanian citizens, but also European citizens,” he said.
Finance Minister Arben Ahmetaj said he was happy to see that needy families are the real beneficiaries of social projects and praised Tirana Mayor for his commitment to implementing such projects..
The Minister of Health and Social Protection, Ogerta Manastirliu, also commended the Municipality of Tirana that provided housing to these families within a short time.
The 60 households that benefited under the project belong to Roma community and Tirana is the first city providing sustainable solution to housing of this community.
Tirana Municipality is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the new residential complex.
“New House – New Life” project was implemented under a cooperation agreement signed by the Municipality of Tirana and IADSA on rehabilitation of Roma community settlements in Shkoza and construction of a new residential complex in the area known as the former “Auto-tractors Plant” in Tirana.
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