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ABOUT US
HOUSING CENTER is a non-profit, non-governmental organization the objective of which is to improve the living conditions of socially vulnerable groups and support to their social integration and independence. Housing Center was established in 2004 relying on ten-year experience of SDC Housing Office Belgrade (Swiss Agency  for Development and Cooperation), when it was founded by 18 founders – colleagues and associates gathered around the implementation of the construction projects funded by SDC in Serbia. In 2009 Housing Center was registered as a citizens’ association in compliance with the Law on Associations.
 
VISIONof Housing Center is a society organized in accordance with the humane and democratic principles, where each individual is enabled to live a dignified and secured life, which provides a supporting system for the marginalized groups and in which differences are valued positively.

MISSION of Housing Center is to provide, through different activities (construction of housing units, support in social integration, research, public advocacy, education and other), professional support in better understanding and achieving of human economic, social and cultural rights.
 
ACTIVITIES

Housing Center achieves its mission through a number of activities:

Development of housing for socially vulnerable groups:
  • Implementation of the housing construction projects for socially vulnerable groups;
  • Reconstruction of the buildings and interior facilities intended for social integration of socially vulnerable groups;
  • Upgrading designing standards for socially vulnerable groups through the knowledge transfer and cooperation with other organizations in developing housing policy for socially vulnerable groups;
  • Regulation and improvement of informal settlements;
  • Providing construction support to other organizations in implementation of the projects intended for fostering and development of a humane and democratic communities.
Instigating social inclusion of socially vulnerable groups:
  • Establishing and developing capacities of a new service in the social welfare system of the Republic of Serbia - Social housing in supportive environment;
  • Stimulating economic independence of individuals belonging to socially vulnerable groups.
Research work in the field of housing of socially vulnerable groups:
  • Research work on identifying problems related to housing of socially vulnerable groups and finding the most efficient and sustainable solutions;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the services of the social welfare system.
Advocacy and promotion of human right to adequate housing:
  • Advocacy for solving housing related problems and promotion of the right to dignified housing conditions and right to adequate housing as basic human right;
  • Participating in initiatives related to poverty reduction, regulation and improvement of illegal and informal settlements;
  • Promotion of regional cooperation in the field of housing for socially vulnerable groups.
Improvement and development of professional knowledge in the field of housing of socially vulnerable groups:
  • Planning and organization of discussions, round tables and conferences as a method for exchange and expansion of the professional knowledge;
  • Creation of the training for social workers and other professionals in relevant fields;
  • Creation of training and work on awareness raising of socially vulnerable groups;
  • Capacity building for institutions competent for housing issues and issues of social inclusion.
Publication and video production:
  • Production of printed and video material aiming at the promotion of the right to dignified housing as a basic human right;
  • Publication of various material -  academic articles, practical guides, research results related to housing of socially vulnerable groups;
  • Publication of the annual report on the activities of Housing Center.
INTERNAL STRUCTURE

The highest managing body is the Assembly of the Association consisting of all adult members. The managing bodies  of Housing Center – President, managing and Supervising Board are elected by the Assembly consisting of all the members. The Assembly has its sessions once a year. Extraordinary sessions of the Assembly can be scheduled with a written justified request of any members.

Assembly:
  1. Adopts the work plans and programme;
  2. Adopts the Statute, as well as the changes and amendments to the Statute;
  3. Adopts other general Acts of the Association;
  4. Discusses and adopts the financial plan and report;
  5. Decides on the status changes and termination of the work of Association.
The Assembly decisions are valid providing that at least one half of the voting members are present. The decisions are made by the votes of the majority of the present members. For the changes relating to the changes and amendments to the Statute, status changes and termination of the work of the Assembly two-third majority of votes of the present members is required.

HOUSING CENTER TEAM

Housing Center team consists of architects, lawyers, social workers, translators and a mobile team of craftsmen for urgent interventions. The technical team of external associates of Housing Center implements all types of construction projects related to socially vulnerable groups from project designing and administrative and legal regulations to managing and technical and financial monitoring of the construction.

Branislava ZarkovicBranislava Žarković, President of the organization Architect
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Born in Pula. Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Belgrade University in 1982, finished post-graduate studies in housing in 1984. Author of numerous competition projects and constructed buildings, mainly residential buildings. Winner of awards at international and national architectural competitions. Since 2004 one of the founders and the president of a non-governmental organization Housing Center Housing Development Center for Socially Vulnerable Groups, Belgrade.
 
 
 
AleksandraSimovic bAleksandra Simović
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Aleksandra Simović was a translator for the English language. Besides translation, she was responsible for administration in Housing Center. She worked in Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Housing office Belgrade  (SDC Housing Office) since 1995 until its closure in 2005 as a Project Assistant. In the period 1993 till 1995 she worked in the Shelter Agency for Accommodation of Refugees of the Republic of Serbia as a translator and  secretary. In the period from 1980 till 1993 she worked in education as an English teacher.
 
 
 
 
Milena Timotijević, sociologist, activistmilena-timotijevic b This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

PhD candidate at department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, vice-president of Housing Center, one of the founders of the NGO Center for studies of social democracy and NGO Laboratory of progressive ideas D.T. and member of the editorial of the regional magazine on the left - Novi plamen. Coeditor of two publications on the left in Serbia, author of several scientific texts and articles on gender equality and right to adequate housing published in domestic and international magazines.
 
 
 
 
Alex Aleksandar Bajić
Architect
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Graduated architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at Belgrade University. Participant of numerous international competitions and awarded projects of architectural and town planning design.
 
 
 
 

Miša Obradović
 
Architect
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Graduated architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at Belgrade University. Participant of numerous international competitions and awarded projects of architectural and town planning design.





ASSOCIATES
  • Prof Dr. Mina Petrović
  • Zoran Aćimović
  • Vladimir Anđelković
  • Predrag Finci
  • Milan Jankelić
  • Tahir Kardović
  • Braco Klisurić
  • Mile Klisurić
  • Nenad Krsmanović
  • Ilija Martić
  • Žarko Marić
  • Ivan Milić
  • Živanka Milić
  • Marinko Rodić
  • Lazar Simović
  • Dušan Stanikić
  • Radmila Stanojević

HOUSING CENTER IN MEDIA

Glas Javnosti | 13 Dec 2008
Memorandum has been signed concerning the construction of the building for social housing in supportive environment in Petrovac na Mlavi.
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Glas Javnosti | 15 Avg 2009
Commission for selection of beneficiaries of the social housing in supportive environment has selected 20 most vulnerable families from Petrovac na Mlavi.
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RTS 1 | News | 24 Oct 2009
The Minister Ljajić handed-over the keys for 20 flats to internally displaced and socially vulnerable domicile families in Petrovac na Mlavi.
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The news on the site of the Town of Smederevo | 27 Dec 2009
Contract was signed concerning the supervision of the construction of 20 flats in socially supportive environment in Smederevo, on the location Kovačićevo on 27 December.2009.
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The news on the site of the Town of Smederevo | 27 Nov 2009
On 27 November 2009 signing of the contract, Branka Žarković, the President of Housing Center and Predrag Umičević, the Mayer of Smederevo.
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RTS 1 | Evronet | 25 Nov 2011

Homeless
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BLIC | 02 Apr 2012
Profile of Serbian Homeless
 
B92 | 08 Apr 2014
Šabac: 40 Apartments for Refugees
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AKTER | 26 Nov 2014
Homes until New Year 2015
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