U.S. Mission Sofia Builds $265,000 USD Housing Unit for Elderly with Special Needs

“U.S. Mission Bulgaria Good Neighbor projects continue to support Bulgaria and Bulgarians.” ~ U.S. Ambassador Mustafa at a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate a new Sliven housing unit built for elderly residents with special needs.

Elderly citizens with special needs now have the option of residing in a new housing unit specially designed for them, thanks to U.S. Embassy Sofia in partnership with Sliven Municipality.

Today U.S. Ambassador Herro Mustafa and Sliven Mayor Stefan Radev inaugurated a new U.S. Government-built $265,000 USD two-level building in central Sliven designed to provide sheltered housing for elderly with special needs.  This new “family type” facility will provide a home environment, and daily care, for eight residents who live there.  Three social workers and three occupational therapists will work at the facility to support the residents.

The new building consists of 5 bedrooms, a kitchen with dining hall, 4 bathrooms, storage rooms, and a large laundry room. Sliven Municipality provided all furniture and equipment for this joint project.

“U.S. Mission Bulgaria Good Neighbor projects continue to support Bulgaria and Bulgarians.  We have completed multiple kindergarten and high school projects in this area, and not far from here we are currently renovating Sinchets Kindergarten. We have funded multiple projects throughout the country. Our cooperative efforts partner our Embassy and municipalities across Bulgaria.  Partners and allies support each other.  We rise together,” Ambassador Mustafa said at the grand opening ceremony.

Since 2010, the U.S. government has invested more than $6 million in community support projects in Bulgaria. Our Good Neighbor Program brings together American military troops and Bulgarian municipalities to collaborate on significant projects. Under this program, the U.S. government also partners with non-governmental organizations and local Bulgarian firms to complete projects that support Bulgaria.