Algarve creates more than 120 beds in shared apartments for the homeless – Last Minute

The Algarve region will provide a total of 123 beds in shared apartments for homeless people, after having signed another five protocols with social institutions, it was announced today.

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“With these 45 vacancies registered today, another eight that we will sign very soon, it makes a total of 123 beds here in the Algarve. In the space of a year, it will mean more than 100 people taken from the streets and more than 100 people with an alternative project for life, which is extraordinary,” the coordinator of the National Strategy for the Integration of Homeless People 2017-2023 told the Lusa agency. The first protocols relating to this response for homeless people in the Algarve were signed about a year ago, creating around 70 beds, already “with an execution rate of around 80%”, pointed out Henrique Joaquim, on the sidelines of a ceremony held at the Faro District Center for Social Security.

The official highlighted that this model, operated by social institutions, with support from local authorities and funding from Social Security, also includes monitoring by technicians.

“There is a tripod here, between training, increasing the number of vacancies and the response of the institutions, which has everything to increase, in a very significant way, the positive results that are already beginning to be seen. The balance I draw in relation to the Algarve is very good” , he said, adding that he hopes that the economy will improve so that these homeless people can “take advantage of the opportunities that are given to them”.

The protocols already signed guarantee the existence of responses of this kind in eight councils in the district of Faro: Albufeira, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Portimão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António.

In the Algarve, the president of the Movement to Support Aids Problems (MAPS) estimated the number of people living on the streets or in “too precarious” situations at more than 500, with a further 70 in emergency accommodation.

“This year, the number of homeless people in the district of Faro should be similar to that of 2020, a period in which 604 cases were reported”, said to Lusa, last week, Fábio Simão, president of MAPS, an organization that provides several community services in the context of social emergency.

The coordinator of the strategy for the integration of homeless people recalled today that, throughout the country, the goal was to create, by the end of 2021, 1,100 spaces in shared apartments, a goal that should be achieved.

Henrique Joaquim also pointed out the importance of two diplomas published today in Diário da República, relating to the conditions for setting up Insertion Communities and the National Strategy for Combating Poverty.

The Insertion Communities are an instrument that will allow “better monitoring” of homeless people with the creation of a flexible accommodation solution in prefabricated or model structures, in buildings to be built from scratch or in existing ones.

“It is about regulating a social response that already exists, that has already been tried and that, we have seen, has results, giving it legal body, but at the same time opening space for innovation, so that institutions can innovate and have alternative models”, explained Henrique Joaquim.

The strategy to fight poverty aims to remove 660,000 people from this condition by 2030, with a focus on reducing child poverty (less than 170,000 children in poverty) and poverty at work (less 230,000 workers in poverty).


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