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Protected Housing – Community Housing


This Galician project involved the purchase and rehabilitation of a building to create a community residence for the severely disabled, where they can be offered basic care, educational and professional occupational training.


"Asociacio de personas con discapacidade AVANTE" works in the area of integrating disabled people in the fight for equal opportunities. The association has recognised that the area lacks facilities for people with severe disabilities who cannot be sufficiently assisted by their families. In this context, the decision to create a centre for such people was considered a high priority.


The objective of this project was to expand the services offered by the association to the disabled and for their family environment. This should be achieved through the creation of a residential centre to supplement day centres and occupational services, promoting independent living among the disabled.

Main activities

The main activity was the acquisition and restoration of a building for subsequent use as a protected community residence. As a result, the centre can offer basic care, as well providing an intellectual stimulus for the disabled, with educational and professional occupational training.

Results & Benefits

The project resulted in improvement of the quality of life of the severely disabled and their families, providing them with the facilities they need, along with professional educational support. The range of such services available in the area was expanded, with the creation of highly skilled jobs in the healthcare sector.

Lessons learnt

The main challenge was to locate funding. Since it involves the purchase and rehabilitation of a building, the costs are very high and cannot be raised by an association of this type. This problem was resolved through combined efforts to search for opportunities through various lines of funding. Another issue to be aware of with such a project, is the length of time required to carry out a project of this nature.

Project location and other information

Val do Dubra (A Coruña)



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

413 096

Contact name

José Manuel Gendra


+34 981191490

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Public/local authorities, Non-governmental organisations

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Improving quality of life in rural areas
• 321. Basic services for the economy and rural population


Healthcare, Capacity building, Citizen participation, Social services

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