Reform Index 229: New Rules for Obtaining Temporary Housing for IDPs

Reform Index 229: New Rules for Obtaining Temporary Housing for IDPs

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18 March 2024
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At the beginning of the year, we observed a traditional slowdown in reforms. Only four regulations were included in the 229th issue of the Reform Index. The highest rating (+1 point on a scale from -5 to +5) was given to the Cabinet of Ministers’ resolution that changes the criteria for providing temporary housing to internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Reform Index for January 1-14 stood at +0.3 points. There were as many as 16 regulations in the previous issue, with the Index value reaching +1.4 points.

Graph 1. Dynamics of the Reform Index

Graph 2. Values of the Reform Index and its Components in the Current Assessment Round

The procedure for providing temporary housing for IDPs has been improved, +1 point

At the beginning of the year, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution expanding the list of priority categories for providing housing to IDPs. Families of the deceased (captured), large families, single parents, pensioners, and disabled individuals have been joined by the families of service members participating in combat operations, internally displaced persons who have been displaced for the second time after 2014, IDPs whose housing has become unfit for habitation due to Russian aggression, and those who are residents of a community that provides housing support. However, internally displaced persons have been excluded from eligibility for temporary social housing if they or their family members have housing suitable for living in the Ukrainian-controlled territory (no less than 13.65 square meters per person).

With this resolution, the government prohibited local authorities from excluding IDPs from registration as citizens in need of temporary housing due to the absence of available housing stock. The new approach will allow for an accurate assessment of how many IDPs require temporary social housing from the state and attempt to meet this need.

Information about the Reforms Index project, the list of Index experts and the database of the regulations assessed are available here.

Chart 3. Value of Reform Index components and number of events

Reform Index from VoxUkraine aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of reform efforts by Ukraine’s authorities. The Index is based on expert assessments of changes in the regulatory environment in six areas: Governance, Public Finance, Monetary system, Business Environment, Energy, Human Capital. Information about the Reforms Index project, the list of Index experts and the database of the regulations assessed are available here.

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