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HOPE – Promoting non-discrimination in social housing and post-employment for Roma

Starting September 2019, HEKS/EPER Romania Foundation is implementing HOPE project, in partnership with the Resource Center for Roma Communities, as project coordinator. The project is funded by the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program 2014-2020 and has a duration of 20 months.

Based on expertise and previous experience, the Resource Center for Roma Communities is responsible for coordinating the Housing component and HEKS/EPER Romania for coordinating the Roma inclusion post-employment component.

The project’s objectives are: fighting post-employment discrimination of Roma and supporting their inclusion at the workplace, supporting local authorities in implementing existing anti-discrimination legislation and policies for Roma inclusion in the field of housing and facilitating efforts to better inform Roma of their rights and for accessing social housing.

The expected results are: improved knowledge on Roma inclusion post-employment for 40 HR and middle management employees, improved knowledge of Roma employees regarding their rights and responsibilities and the organization’s rules, increased collaboration between Roma and non-Roma employees, increased capacity in implementing existing anti-discrimination legislation and policies for Roma inclusion in the field of housing for 30 LPAs, improved knowledge and competences in the field of social housing for 30 local experts for Roma, increased capacity in monitoring, reporting and preventing forced eviction cases for 15 NGOs.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme under grant agreement No 849089.