The new residential district built on Tumanyan Street in Stepanakert, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) under the auspices of the ‘Hayastan’ All-Armenian Fund is almost ready. The owners of the first 20 apartments are families displaced from Hadrut and Shushi. The head of the Artsakh Housing Committee assures that priority is given to families in need or victims.
Armen Mangasaryan (Chairman of the Artsakh Housing Committee) - There are two more victims in our compatriot families in Hadrut. In other words, the beneficiary's husband may have died in the first Artsakh war, and his son may have died in this war. And in the case of Shushi, almost all the families have victims. Those who have expressed a desire to live in Artsakh will be provided with an apartment at this stage.
The apartments have 3 rooms. Beneficiaries receive their certificates by drawing lots. Shushanik Simonyan is from the village of Taghaser in the occupied Hadrut region. The eldest son was killed in the four-day war of 2016; the youngest son was killed during the 2020 war.
Shushanik Simonyan - Our conditions were very difficult, I do not believe we came to such apartments. These apartments, I do not know, seem like a dream, I do not believe. I am the mother of two victims, my husband also died, he was disabled during the Artsakh war.
The beneficiaries of the program received the keys to the apartments, got acquainted with the conditions created by the people in charge. Lilya Babayan from Karintak lost her husband and son in the 44-day war. She wants to live in Stepanakert to often visit the military pantheon.
In order to provide the displaced with housing as soon as possible, the construction companies have concentrated all their efforts, says the Artsakh Minister of Urban Planning. The apartments were furnished with the co-financing of the Artsakh Government and the ‘Hayastan’ All-Armenian Fund.
Aram Sargsyan (Artsakh Minister of Urban Planning) - The apartments are provided with equipment, property and individual heating boilers. All that remains is to carry out improvement works.
By the end of January, 300 families will celebrate housewarming in Stepanakert. The houses were built with pan-Armenian funds.