Purchase a Home 18 - Chakhalyan 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 has 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 utilities, etc. 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.
In 2014, Mariam, her husband and two children had saved up enough money to purchase their own domik. They had lived in a neighboring rental domik since the time they were married. On May 31, 2018, Mariam’s husband took his own life. Mariam and her children receive governmental support to survive.
Once the move is complete, the make shift housing unit will be destroyed to prevent its future occupancy.
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Youredjian Family Charitable FoundationLos Angeles, CA
Today the Paros team along with our friend and partner, Vahan Tumasyan from the Shirak Center visited the Chakhalyan Family to give them the great news that they were selected to receive a new home.
We accompanied the Chakhalyan Family to the notary office today so that they can sign their apartment's purchase contract! They are now officially homeowners!
The Chakhalyan Family has started packing their belongings and will soon move into their new home.
The Chakhalyan Family moved into their new apartment today. We are so happy for their new beginning. Soon with the help of the Shirak Center NGO crew, their old"domik" will be destroyed.