Satu Mare

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Gábor Kereskényi
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Adrian Balaj, Head of the Social Assistance Department
Facilitators: 
Laura Tartiu
Total population: 
109 728
Source: 
National census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
9 000
Description of the Municipality: 

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Satu Mare is located in Satu Mare County, nearby the Hungarian and Ukrainian borders. 

The Hungarians constitute the biggest minority in Satu Mare, while there are approximately 17 000 Roma living in the municipality.
They are located in 5 areas: Satmarel, the most populated and poorest area, with 4 000 inhabitants, Solitaritatea neighborhood, Zefirului, Toamnei, Timisului, Tarnavei, Ostrovului Streets, which are social housing area,  Ion Ghica Street, Micro, 14, 16, 17 and finally Odorheului Street, where about 400 traditional families live in extremely poor conditions. 

In Satu Mare, there are currently about 200 families on the waiting list for social housing. 
 

The ROMACT Process

ROMACT Process started in January 2021 with the signature of the Letter of Agreement.

The Municipality benefited of ROMACT expertise for the following projects:
IRIS: Inclusion of Roma in Sătmărel, Enhancing Roma Inclusion and Empowerment, FRDS
Status: Not submitted

IRIS: Inclusion of Roma in Sătmărel, Mobilising vulnerable groups in underserved areas, FRDS
Status: Not submitted

Together - local mobilization for education and health in Satmarel, Enhancing Roma Inclusion and Empowerment - Small grants scheme, FRDS
Status: Under evaluation

Local Authorities representatives were trained/coached on:

* Project management (certified training)
* Public procurement (certified training)
* Partnership management
* Strategic planning

ROMACT Small Grants Scheme
 
ROMACT offers small grants scheme to support the efforts of the municipalities and Community Action Groups to respond together to the needs of the most vulnerable and to multiply the good practices across ROMACT municipalities.
 
Under the scheme of small grants, the following project was supported by ROMACT between October 2021 - February 2022:
 
Together we succeed! – Satu Mare Municipality
ROMACT supported the municipality with 4794 € to improve the conditions in the common living spaces of social housing buildings on Tarnavei Street. The common space of the building was in precarious condition with broken windows, leaky ceilings, and cracked walls. The project improved both the conditions of the building and the living conditions of the 241 residents. The residents also volunteered in the restoration works and cleaning which increased the sense of cooperation in the community.

Timeline Points

8 Jan 2021
Step 1- Becoming committed- Signature of the letter of commitment
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