Host A Family

Project Description

Donors/Partners: Individual Donors & UNHCR

Implementing Organization: Aleppo-NGO

Project Duration: Ongoing

Major Goal: To provide durable housing solution to Syrian refugee families in Armenia.

Description: The project is designed to provide humanitarian emergency housing for the most vulnerable Syrian families who meet certain criteria within the project. Securing affordable housing is one of the major challenges faced by Syrian refugees in Armenia. Within the framework of the project, Aleppo-NGO finds benefactors to purchase modest apartments, ranging from U.S. $15,000 to $40,000 each, and allocates them to Syrian refugee families rent-free. Aleppo-NGO carries out all the legal paperwork related to the purchase of these apartments which are owned by the individual donors and used by the refugees for a predetermined time period. UNHCR provides furniture for the obtained apartments in accordance with the official partnership document signed between Aleppo-NGO and UNHCR.

Scheme 1: The purchased apartments are provided to extremely vulnerable Syrian refugee families free of charge short-term (6-12 months), mid-term (up to 36 months), or long-term (up to 60 months) to support their gradual integration in the Republic of Armenia.

Scheme 2: The purchased apartments are provided to Syrian refugee families using a rent-to-buy financial scheme where the tenant (Syrian refugee family) deposits a rental fee in a designated bank account for a sustainable period of time (at least 12months and up to 60 months). After the rental agreement expires, the Syrian refugee family recovers the entire rental fee they had paid for 12-60 months to use as capital investment (down-payment) to purchase the “Host a Family” apartment they were living if the benefactor agrees to sell or used the accrued funds to use as downpayment for the purchase of another apartment in Armenia.

Thanks to the “Host a Family” project’s benefactors (the Chemberjyan, Melkonyan, Hovhannisyan and Potugyan families), ten Syrian families have been provided with apartments in Yerevan and three of those live in the city of Spitak in the Lori province of Armenia.

In Spitak, the “Host a Family” project was implemented thanks to a cooperation with the Global Hope Network International and the Melkonyan family.

The Syrian families in Spitak are engaged in agricultural work. They breed domestic animals, cultivate the land they received, and use the products they produce to care for their everyday needs. These families do not pay for housing or utilities.