It was caused by low level of quality of delivered housing and communal services and by desire of citizens to join the management of their houses:
- “Resource Center for Associations of Apartment Building Co-Owners of Dnipropetrovsk City” with support of International Renaissance Foundation.
- “Legal Assistance to Associations of Apartment Building Co-Owners (AABCs) of Dnipropetrovsk City” with support of American Bar Association / Rule of Law Initiative.
- “Support and Development of AABCs in Dnipropetrovsk City” with support of International Renaissance Foundation.
The goal of these projects was to facilitate creating new AABCs and to improve the efficiency of existing ones in Dnipropetrovsk city through providing them with advisory, legal, informational, organizational, methodological, and other types of assistance.
We created the Resource Center for AABCs. We held training seminars “Creation of AABCs and Organization of Their Work”, “Legal Aspects of Activities of AABCs”, “Financial Aspects of Activities of AABCs”, “Representation of Interests of Members of AABCs” and round tables on the topic “Interaction of Government Authorities, Business, Non-Governmental Organizations, AABCs in Solving Problems of Improving the Quality of Housing and Communal Services”. Individual and group consultations were held, expert assistance was provided for developing the documents, practical assistance in the field of protecting the rights and representing the interests of AABCs in government and local self-government authorities, in courts (preparation of appeals, lawsuits, etc.). We developed and published a manual for AABCs.
As a result of communication activities non-governmental organizations working in the sector of housing and communal services reforms, active AABCs, and business structures united around the Resource Center. A productive relationship was established with local authorities which activities are related to AABCs. It was implemented in cooperation with Association for Protection of Consumers of Housing and Communal Services “Our House”.