Ukraine’s eRestoration program helps 60,000 families rebuild their homes

eRestoration helps nearly 60,000 families return home
eRestoration helps nearly 60,000 families return home

The eRestoration program in Ukraine has enabled nearly 60,000 families to return to their homes damaged or destroyed by Russian aggression. Since its launch on May 10, 2023, the program has paid out over UAH 11 billion (nearly $280 million) to Ukrainians for housing repairs.

The results and future plans for the program were presented at the eRestoration One Year Anniversary conference in the town of Irpin. The program initially offered financial assistance of up to UAH 200,000 ($5,000) for repairs, but this has since been increased to UAH 500,000 ($12,700). Individuals can also receive a certificate to purchase a new home if restoration is not feasible.

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Over the past year, 54,500 Ukrainians have received compensation for repair costs, amounting to UAH 5.8 billion (over $147 million). Additionally, more than 13,500 applications for housing certificates have been submitted, with half already granted and nearly 3,000 successfully purchasing new homes. The total cost of the purchased housing is UAH 5.6 billion ($142 million). The majority of applications for compensation for both damaged and destroyed housing come from residents of Kharkiv, Kyiv, Donetsk, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, and Kherson oblasts.

The program not only focuses on housing restoration but also aims to support local businesses and communities affected by conflict, with funds dispersed through registered hardware stores and contractors. Today, more than 3,000 companies are partners of the program. Two-thirds of them are individual entrepreneurs who create jobs and pay taxes in their communities.

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eRestoration is being implemented by the Ministry of Community Development, Territorial and Infrastructure Development, jointly with the Digital Transformation Ministry, with support from the TAPAS project funded by USAID and UK Aid, and with assistance from the Parliamentary Committee on Organization of State Power, Local Self-Government, Regional Development, and Urban Planning. Communication support is provided by the USAID GOVERLA Project.

On Jan. 4, the Reintegration Ministry reported that Ukrainians had begun to make use of eRestoration housing certificates issued as compensation for destroyed property.

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