Latvian households taking in refugees will get aid

Latvian households voluntarily accommodating Ukrainian war refugees will be able to receive a monthly allowance starting May 1 for up to 90 days, the government decided on May 3.

The households will be entitled to an aid of €100 per month for the first person housed and €50 per month for each additional person, but not more than €300 per month. Aid will not be received for the period before May 1, but households that welcomed the refugees before May 1 are eligible provided that they are still housing the Ukrainians.

The final decision on benefits has yet to be taken by the Saeima.

Minister for the Interior Marija Golubeva said at a briefing after the government meeting that some 10,000 Ukrainian people needed state and local government assistance with accommodation, while the others had found housing themselves.

In order to receive remuneration for the household, the owner or tenant of the house or flat will have to submit an application at the local government where the housing is located, the Ministry of Welfare said. The application will include the address of the housing of Ukrainian civilians, the area for accommodation, the envisaged period of accommodation, as well as a statement that the premises placed for use are safe and adequate to live in. The names and personal identity numbers of the housed Ukrainian civilian population should also be indicated.

 

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