Housing and War in Ukraine (February 24 — March 22, 2022)

Access to housing is critical in wartime because having a home can save one’s life. Cedos is working to monitor the impact of war on the issues of housing and access to housing in Ukraine. It aims to record the most important decisions and events in this field, outline the key challenges, and form a foundation for housing policies in the future.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, immense numbers of people have been forced to leave their homes. As of March 18, 6.5 million people have been displaced within the country. About 4 million of them are staying in the western regions of Ukraine. A lot of housing units have been destroyed: according to the State emergency service of Ukraine, as of March 22, the Russian military has destroyed damaged at least 3780 residential buildings and completely destroyed 651. There are reports of illegal evictions from rental housing and of rent hikes. Access to housing is still one of the most urgent problems which central and local government bodies, as well as volunteers in all regions of the country, are trying to solve.

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