(HATY) – in Ukrainian, "HOUSES"

(COHATY) – in Ukrainian, “TO LOVE”

CO-HATY is a co-housing project for people who lost their homes due to war.

On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine. Since then, the Russian army has bombed Ukrainian cities and villages daily, destroying civilian and military infrastructure and killing thousands of people. 


Around 12 million Ukrainians were displaced because of the invasion. Of those, 6.5 million Ukrainians are currently in the Western part of the country. The housing supply in this region has already run out. Families, the elderly, and children are forced to remain in transit zones for weeks without the ability to find suitable shelter and return to a semblance of normal life.


In March, we launched the CO-HATY project to create housing for people forced to flee their homes. The project was initiated by METALAB, an urban laboratory from Ivano-Frankivsk, and members of the Urban Curators independent agency, who relocated from Kyiv. Later, more internally displaced specialists joined the team. With the support of our partners and volunteer community, we renovate buildings to create comfortable living conditions. 


We implement architectural and urban expertise, cooperate with local governments and property owners, raise budgets for repairing and furnishing and coordinate the construction process. We welcome all kinds of support, let’s create CO-HATY together!


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Co-founders of the
CO-HATY project

Metalab is an urban laboratory from Ivano-Frankivsk. It includes a community united by an interest in urban living, and a desire to learn and improve the urban environment, as well as a platform for communication, urban research, and events.

Urban curators is an independent agency and an interdisciplinary team from Kyiv that creates Space, Community, Identity and Dialog between them.

Buildings providers

  • Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas

  • “Agropostach” LLC

  • Department of education and science of Ivano-Frankivsk City Council 

  • State Educational Institution “Podilskyi Center of Professional Technical Education”

Local authorities partners

  • Ivano-Frankivsk City Council 

  • Kamianets-Podilskyi City Council 

  • Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration 

  • Khmelnytskyi Regional State Administration 

  • Department of Education and Science of Ivano-Frankivsk City Council

  • Department of Education, Science, Youth, and Sports of Khmelnytskyi Regional State administration  

  • Department of Social Policy of the executive committee of Ivano-Frankivsk City Council


Key donors of the project

Project “Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative” (UCBI III) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 


German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in partnership with humanitarian organization Sign of Hope

International Organization for Migration (IOM) — leading intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

Financial and material support

  • IM Swedish Development Partner is a values-based, independent member organization that fights for an equal and compassionate world. 

  • The George Pataki Leadership Center is a non-profit organization that currently provides temporary housing to Ukrainians.   

  • Danish Refugee Council - an international NGO from Denmark working to protect, advocate and build sustainable futures for refugees. 

  • Raumpioniere — crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, and crowd-engaging platform for urban and civic projects. 

  • Charitable Foundation “Rokada” — the implementing partner of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

  • “Peace of Mine” — a charitable organization supporting Ukrainian civilians suffering from war.

Support in project implementation

  • Volunteer initiative “Second Home IF” - partner in implementing the pilot project 

  • New Housing Policy - consultations on organizational model of non-profit housing

  • Peremebli - adaptive furniture design 

  • Everlegal - legal support

  • TOLOCAR - mobile makerspaces equipped with tools for quick repairs and rebuilding infrastructure

  • Insha Osvita - coordination support of shelters and fundraising

  • Building Ukraine Together (BUR) - assistance in the construction process

  • NGO “Critical Thinking” - architectural expertise and organizational assistance for the pilot project  

  • State Educational Institution “Podilskyi Center of Professional Technical Education” - assistance in the construction process 

  • Ivano-Frankivsk Professional Construction Lyceum - assistance in the construction process 

  • “Parasolka” Open Workshop - technical base, space for furniture prototyping 

  • DUG and Hearts for Ukraine - providing humanitarian aid, home appliances, and other household items 

  • Ukrainische Engel - aid with building materials and furniture 

  • Ro3kvit - international professional networking 

  • Izolyatsia and New Democracy Fund - support in designing common space by one of the CO-HATY buildings 

  • BRDA (OKNO) - reuse of building materials and equipment

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