The Moscow Times reports that the Moscow regional legislature has passed amendments to housing laws that removes the age cap on orphans' ability to obtain free public housing. Previously, orphans who were older than 23 years old were prohibited from receiving this form of government assistance.
However, there is no guarantee that the orphans will be able to quickly access housing accommodations. As of June 1, more than 75,000 Moscow-area orphans were on waiting lists to receive free apartments from the city.Â Â
‘The task of the prosecutor's office is to provide all the necessary legal assistance to orphans,’ says Anatoly Palamarchuk, a spokesperson for Prosecutor General's Office, which is coordinating this aspect of Moscow's housing policy.
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