Czech Green Party says current housing crisis involving Romani evictees makes previous ones seem humane by comparison
The leadership of the Green Party in the Ústecký Region of the Czech Republic is appealing to the leadership of the City of Ústí nad Labem to arrange crisis housing for the inhabitants of two residential hotels that are closing as of 30 June because as many as 230 people, 80 of them children, now living in the buildings in the city center and the Střekov quarter could end up living on the streets. "City Hall, through its decision to officially designate zones in the city where new arrivals will no longer be eligible for housing benefits, has triggered a wave of reactions," their press release reports.
"The city is under no circumstances prepared for these reactions, and the populist step they took a couple of months before the elections could come back to haunt them. Unfortunately, the victims may not just be political ones here, as the fate of several dozen senior citizens, invalids and children is being gambled with," the press release states.
"Compared to the duo of [Ústí nad Labem Vice Mayor] Madar and [Mayor] Nechybová, Mr Čunek's  decision to evict people beyond the imaginary city walls into container housing now seems like the decision of a socially sensitive human being," the press release comments. "The duo in Ústí has no such crisis option available," the Greens allege.
Petr Globočník, the regional chair of the party, commented that "The mayor is deflecting by claiming people are being provided with social work advice, but that is as if they were offering cooking classes in an area afflicted by famine." The leadership of the Greens in the Ústecký Region is appealing to the city leadership to arrange crisis accommodations for the inhabitants affected, to consider the option of temporarily assuming responsibility for managing the residential hotels, and to immediately build a system of phased-in social housing in the city.
- VIDEO: Demonstration about closure of Czech city's residential hotels, inhabited mostly by Roma
- Residential hotels closing in Czech city, Romani tenants have yet to find substitute accommodation
- Czech Green Party co-chair wants Interior Ministry to dissolve the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" Movement
- Co-chair of Green Party says Czech taxpayers should not pay to protect Holocaust deniers visiting Prague
- Czech Greens call on Prague Vice-Mayor to stop sharing racist video
- Green Party says Czech Interior Minister must guarantee proper investigation of tragic incident in Žatec
- EU Fundamental Rights Agency: Czech Republic's Roma still have problems accessing education, housing and jobs
- Regional Roma association opposes housing benefit-free zones in yet another Czech city
- Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion criticizes housing benefit-free zones
- Romani people adopted as children from Slovakia to Sweden 20 years ago revisit their native settlement
- Czech Republic: 88 cities in 12 regions plan to ban housing benefits in specific zones
- Czech Republic: Realtor tells tenants they'd better not be on welfare
- Czech Govt Agency for Social Inclusion: 80 % of families who left residential hotels for standard rentals still renting one year later
- Robin Stria, 7th place candidate for the Greens, Brno-střed: The biggest problem in the Czech Republic is housing
- Analysis finds collections increasing in Czech Republic, affordable housing lacking
- Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner says she will criticize politicians who are racist and resign rather than be censored
- Slovak court finds Romani tenants were discriminated against during eviction and relocation
- Residents of Czech neighborhood announce "Two Weeks of Vigilance" to protest their impending eviction