On Wednesday 06 July 2022, the “Safe Homes” initiative was presented by Ylva Johansson, the Commissioner for Home Affairs. It centres around new guidance recommendations developed by the Solidarity Platform advising EU countries how to provide safe and suitable accommodation for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The Guidance is part of the 10-Point Plan for stronger European coordination on welcoming people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
From matching accommodation offers to ensuring common safety standards
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, national authorities, civil societies and individuals across Europe are offering accommodation to people fleeing the war. The Safe Homes guidance includes practical advice and key principles how to make sure that offered private accommodation is suitable and safe.
The Safe Home guidance focuses on:
- Supporting hosts, for instance establishing a single communication channel to support people who wish to become hosts by providing practical advice, clarity on duration of stay, information on safety conditions, as well as mentoring and networking.
- Enabling matching between hosts and people seeking accommodation through trusted websites centralising offers.
- Ensuring that common criteria is used to check the safety of housing, including regular visits, background checks and vetting of hosts, to guarantee suitable and safe accommodation.
How different societies and organisation are involved
The Solidarity Platform, coordinated by DG HOME, brings together EU countries, international partners, and EU agencies to ensure the implementation of the Temporary Protection Directive. While developing the Safe Home guidance the Platform invited civil societies, foundations, religious, international and local organisations, as well as private companies to share their experience in supporting private accommodation solutions.
- Publication date
- 6 July 2022
- Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs