Samenlevingsopbouw and Vzw SIVI are the two non-profit partners of the City of Ghent that provide social support and community engagement during the three-year project. Both organizations have been involved from the start in supporting and building trust with potential programme participants until the renovation process is complete and the enrolled participants have renovated their new homes.
The examples below are from Fanny Cloquet from Samenlevingsopbouw and Bart Gabriel from Vzw SIVI, both of whom found ways to connect with and assist project participants during the pandemic. Samenlevingsopbouw and Vzw SIVI have a total of 85 project participants to assist and have split the responsibilities so that each group has about 40 participants to guide though the process.
Samenlevingsopbouw Gent, or ‘Community Development Ghent’, helps create the conditions for a just, inclusive and sustainable society by supporting communities to engage in collective action for transformative change. Ensuring social rights, Samenlevingsopbouw Gent wants to combat poverty and social exclusion through collective learning, empowerment, meaningful participation, equality and collective action for collective outcomes. The main issues Samenlevingsopbouw Gent is focusing on are housing, social services, work, education, health and community.
Vzw SIVI, a nonprofit organization, combats poverty and social exclusion. It combines individual support and structural poverty reduction by providing tools for people who live in poverty or are at a higher risk of falling into poverty and by working on policy-oriented changes in order to ensure the human rights of every individual in an inclusive society.