Purchase a Home 1: Hakopian Family
Following the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, tens of thousands of people were left homeless in the City of Gyumri. Many of these families took refuge in the overseas shipping containers (domiks) that were shipped into Armenia loaded with humanitarian relief supplies, or in condemned buildings. An entire generation of children have grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat. The Armenian government has provided most of the families that lost their homes in the Earthquake with new housing units.
As people moved out of those makeshift housing units, others moved in. The 2,500 or so families that remain are Gyumri’s desolate families, who are not in line to receive a government provided apartment. Many of these families are comprised of single mothers, multiple children and/or the disabled.
This project will identify suitable needy families who can be moved into a new apartment and can demonstrate that they can afford their monthly expenses. Agreements will be signed passing ownership of the apartment to the chosen family, with the stipulation that until their youngest child reaches 18 years of age, the family cannot sell, rent or move. This is a sustainable model in that families that have been moved into permanent housing in the past have had a high degree of success maintaining their families and their new homes.
Once the move is complete, the make shift housing unit will be destroyed to prevent its future occupancy.
Hakop Hakopian grew up in a domik following his family losing their home in the 1988 Spitak Earthquake. When he got married, he worked and saved up $700 to purchase his own “domik.” Hakop’s domik sits beneath a power transformer and he has been told by the electric company that he must move.
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Ms. Deborah ShadovitzCA, United States
Mr. Robert DavidianSanta Monica, CA
Mr. & Mrs. Eric & Christina HacopianStudio City, CA
Mr. David YaldezianLa Habra, CA
Mr. Barry GarapedianAgoura, CA
Following the successful move of Hakop and his family into their new home, Hakop joined our SERVICE Armenia 2015 volunteers to help dismantle and scrap his former "home".