Housing co-HATY: How Ukrainians help refugees find a new home
The war is still going on, so the issue of housing for refugees is the most urgent one. Due to this, the opening of social hostels has become a popular practice. Volunteers are actively working on abandoned premises, turning them into new homes for those in need.
One such project is co-HATY by Metalab urban laboratory and the Second House of IF volunteers. They have reconstructed the fourth floor of a dormitory in Ivano-Frankivsk, which had been empty for more than five years. Residents of Ivano-Frankivsk and other cities took part in the project as well. They donated their furniture, houseplants, and other things.
In total, the team renovated 24 rooms, kitchens, dining room, children’s area, bathrooms, laundry, and coworking space. Metalab did not stop there — it had already started the reconstruction of a new facility.