About Project



The European Union Support to Social Housing and Active Inclusion Programme (EU SHAI) is designed to enhance the implementation of social inclusion policies in Serbia and provide sustainable housing solutions accompanied with active inclusion measures for the most vulnerable population. 

The European Union (EU) has allocated 27 million Euros through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) 2018 for the 36 month-long implementation of the Programme, and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been selected as the implementing partner. 


To contribute to increased social inclusion of the women and men, girls and boys experiencing poverty and social exclusion enabling them to live in dignity and take an active part in society.


To improve living conditions for the most vulnerable women and men, girls and boys living in inadequate/insecure conditions in a sustainable and accountable manner to a better inclusion across Serbia.


  1. Ministry for Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure
  2. Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs
  3. Ministry of European Integration


Particularly targeted groups belong to the vulnerable and at-risk-of-poverty population, such as:

  • Roma,
  • disadvantaged women, in particular women victims of domestic violence,
  • youth in/leaving care,
  • persons with disabilities,
  • and others who live in inadequate housing conditions.


There are three results that the Programme will achieve:

Result 1: Capacities of institutions/authorities/organisations providing housing and active inclusion services strengthened for effective and gender-responsive planning and implementation of housing programmes and relevant support services

Result 2: Adequate housing solutions provided to most vulnerable women and men, girls and boys

Result 3: Job, social, education, health care services, complementary to housing solutions, provided to most vulnerable women and men, girls and boys

The Programme will also benefit national institutions and local self-governments, as well as social inclusion service providers from the public and civil society sector. The Programme, grounded in national and international frameworks, will contribute to meeting the European Union accession criteria under Chapters 19 that relates to social inclusion and Chapter 23 that covers fundamental rights, along with achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The social housing and active inclusion projects are implemented in these local self-government units: Boljevac, Vladičin Han, Vrnjačka Banja, Vršac, Gadžin Han, Žagubica, Koceljeva, Kula, Lebane, Loznica, Ljubovija, Novi Pazar, Odžaci, Pančevo, Raška, Svilajnac, Topola, Čačak, Šabac.

  • Rule of Law
  • Social Inclusion
  • Social Housing Active Inclusion Capacity Building
City / District
Belgrade, Sebia
EU Contribution
27,000,000 €
Implementation period
December 2019 - November 2023
the Ministry for Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, the Ministry of European Integration
Implemented by
UNOPS - the United Nations Office for Project Services