Despite the fact that the people of Latvia have shown great openness and support to Ukrainian refugees in Latvia looking for a place to live, it is still a big challenge for many Ukrainians to find a home. The website majasbegliem.lv is designed as an accessible, practical and simple platform where Ukrainian refugees in Latvia looking for housing and Latvian people willing to offer it can meet. The website has an internal communication system that allows to contact potential tenants without disclosing personal data, therefore reducing risks and making the process safer.
The “Tips and guidelines” section of the website provides all the information you need about the rental process – a sample contract, a summary of financial assistance, practical tips and information on how to prevent the risks of human trafficking and exploitation.
The idea and content of the website is the work of the "I want to help refugees" movement and berta.me. However, the creation of the website would not have been possible without a professional and enthusiastic team of volunteers. We would like to say a huge thank you to:
- the technical developers and maintainers of the website, the TechChill #HackForce Hackathon Deliverty team, especially Uldis Rudzītis and Sandijs Ruļuks;
- PwC Latvia and ZAB PwC Legal team and especially Maija Ziediņa-Brigmane for legal support;
- the associations "Shelter "Safe House"" and Centre "MARTA" for their assistance in the preparation of the informative materials for the website; and the Association of People with Disabilities and their friends "Apeirons" for advice on environmental accessibility issues;
- Elīna Vagre and the TBWA Latvia team for communication support;
- Svens Krūmiņš, Gustavs Upmanis and Loreta Marija Kalniņa.
But most of all, we would like to thank every person in Latvia who selflessly continues to help the Ukrainian people residing in Latvia.
The initiative of the portal majasbegliem.lv is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Programme "Active Citizens Fund".