June 26, 2024, 13:00

eOselia program falls short for IDPs, with only 193 accessing it, says Olena Shuliak

Public consultations have shown that the state-run eOselia program is largely failing to meet the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs), as reflected by the low number of participants and the minimal percentage of loans provided.

Olena Shuliak, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Power, Local Self-Government, Regional Development, and Urban Planning, highlighted these issues during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“We examined the statistics and found that only 193 IDPs have been able to utilize the eOselia program. This is an extremely low percentage—around 1% of all loans granted. This indicates an urgent need to reform the eOselia program now, rather than waiting for new housing legislation,” Shuliak stated.

According to Shuliak, criteria set by the Cabinet of Ministers prevent IDPs from benefiting from the program. 

“The government’s resolution includes a criterion requiring IDPs to choose housing built within the last three years. Given the locations of many IDPs, such as in Pyriatyn, Lubny, or Kropyvnytskyi, finding housing that meets this criterion is challenging. This issue is even more pronounced in rural areas, where there is demand for housing,” she explained.

Shuliak emphasized the need to reassess these and other criteria to make the eOselia program more accessible to IDPs.

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