Zagreb Community Senior Centre & Housing Initiative

Nominated 2022

Country: Croatia

Region: City of Zagreb

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Intergenerational work, Community development, Care

Project owner: Zaklada zajednički put / Foundation Mutual Path

Responsible person: Ines Vrban

Website: Weblink

Challenge

Zagreb Community Senior Centre & Housing (“Senior centar & Zajednica stambenih jedinica Zagreb“) addresses the housing crisis for senior citizens in Croatia. There is insufficient long-term care and housing for senior citizens in Croatia. The housing and care facilities available are unaffordable and overcrowded, which do not allow for independent, integrated and active lifestyles for senior citizens to thrive. 

Idea

We developed a housing model that provides independent living for senior citizens. The apartments are accessible, affordable, and easy to maintain. The adjacent senior centre is a space for intergenerational exchange, as well as engaging and integrating senior citizens in the local community. 

Actors

The target group are senior citizens in need of housing and counselling services and high-quality leisure education and creative activities. The senior citizen tenants are also known as “Super seniors”. The tenants and other senior citizens in the community develop and run programmes in the centre as volunteers. 

Impact

The project’s living community hub model deconstructs stereotypes and demonstrates how community efforts can provide senior citizens with dignified living conditions and participatory spaces. It promotes intergenerational contact and is a shared space for education, socialising, and entertainment. 

Transfer

Zagreb Community Senior Centre & Housing is a good example of cross-sector cooperation through a public-civic partnership. The community programme is supported by the tenants and volunteers. Businesses provide financial support and in-kind donations. Our academic partnerships monitor and facilitate development.