Desperation: Mobile homes are being sought for homeless Ukrainian refugees at the seaside

“The meeting is business-like, without joyful emotions. We talked about how to handle the situation. As summer approaches, our resort towns have begun to prepare for the season and indications are coming that Ukrainians are in an ungrateful situation. Those who have settled in the dwellings of Palanga residents will soon have to vacate them. We can understand both. Already two months ago, sensing that there would be such a situation, we started thinking about what to do, ”said V. Grubliauskas.

According to him, most people did not think that the Ukrainians fleeing the war would stay here for a longer period of time, and the war would last so long.

Ernesta Čičiurkaitė / 15min photo / Mayor of Klaipėda – Vytautas Grubliauskas

No housing left for rent

There has been no housing for rent in the private sector in Klaipeda for some time. This is also shown by the data of the organization “Strong Together”. “The city is not rubber and our options are limited,” said the mayor of the port city.

According to him, the refugees have been living in Klaipėda hostel, a student self-expression center, for some time now. About 90 percent are already occupied here. places. Visitors are also admitted to Klaipėda camping in Giruliai, but this one now also has to take care of tourists.

According to Romena Savickienė, the head of the Klaipėda Tourism and Culture Information Center, which administers this camping, the guests have already started arriving at the seaside on weekends. Soon the season will be in full swing.

15min photo / Giruliai camping

15min photo / Giruliai camping

“We have obligations, we have to carry out economic activities. When the opportunity arose, we adopted five families. One of them has already returned to Kyjiv. Another is waiting for social housing. Various options are being considered, even for mobile homes, ”said R. Savickienė. One family came to the campsite from the ruined Mariupol. Seeing that they will not have a place to return soon, they are looking for opportunities to establish themselves in Lithuania for a longer period of time. Others still hope to be able to return home soon.

Klaipėda Mayor V.Grubliauskas said that he had to think about the fate of 700-800 people. The situation is further complicated by the fact that some people have already felt that they have taken root. According to the mayor, a community has already formed in the center of students’ self-expression. Ukrainians have gathered while some work, others help care for children.

Municipal housing is not tempting

The head of Klaipėda emphasized that the Ministry of the Interior still has a number of premises at its disposal, such as holiday homes or sanatoriums, which are either empty or used for other purposes.

Attempts are now being made to resolve the problems through the municipalities.
Currently, the municipality still has about 30-40 vacant apartments, but they need repairs. “They need repairs, there is a lot of furniture. “When people see them, they don’t want to live there,” said the mayor.
If there is no war, it is planned to repair these houses and hand them over to those waiting for social housing. This queue in Klaipeda is also large.

Aurelija Jašinskienė / photo / In Melnragė, Audros Street, the support center for Ukrainians has been operating for several months now, where donated items are constantly carried.

Aurelija Jašinskienė / photo / In Melnragė, Audros Street, the support center for Ukrainians has been operating for several months now, where donated items are constantly carried.

“I am not going to decide how much we can accept, we have to coordinate our actions. We ourselves must be responsible for not saying that we will have to move in immediately. Municipal housing needs repairs, but maybe it’s better than being on the street. We have to coordinate actions in order to use the premises that are empty, “said V. Grubliauskas.

7 families can be left homeless in Neringa

According to Darius Jasaitis, the mayor of Neringa, there are more jobs for Ukrainians in their resort than places to stay.

We are currently looking for a home for 7 families.

Photo by Andrius Kundrotas / Nida

Photo by Andrius Kundrotas / Nida

About 80 people have stayed in the Mediko holiday home, which was planned to be privatized until recently.

“We know that we have problems with official housing in Neringa. For this reason, it is difficult to attract good specialists, ”said the mayor of Neringa.

According to him, all the newcomers already have jobs or plan to work at the start of the season.

“Neringa residents are accustomed to migration – in the summer everyone moves to warehouses, garages, and gives up housing for rent. A one-year contract has been signed for Mediko. Now we are afraid that we will be able to winter there, how that heating system is prepared, ”said D. Jasaitis.

According to him, it would be possible to consider the perspective of mobile homes, as in Klaipeda. However, this cannot be done in Neringa under the current legislation.

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