Almada turns pavilion into space to accommodate homeless people

in News · 26-03-2020 15:15:00 · 0 Comments

The Almada City Council, in the district of Setúbal, transformed a football pavilion in Cova da Piedade into a space to accommodate 20 homeless people during the state of emergency, was today announced.

The space, in the pavilion of Liberdade Futebol Clube, in the parish of Cova da Piedade, is inaugurated today and will have “capacity for 20 people”, the municipality said in a statement.

"This response will work from 18:00 to 09:00, offering overnight stays, hygiene, dinner, food and access to a clothes bank", he explained.

According to the municipality, people who are in need "will be referred through nighttime street teams that continue to provide daily support to the homeless population and also from the county entities that accompany people in this condition".

The functioning of the space will be ensured by the Câmara de Almada and also by a team of volunteers from the Gerações Sorrisos Association and the Evangelical Christian Association of Social Support.

The meals, the council said, will be provided by the Padre Ricardo Gameiro Parish Center and the International Medical Association.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Câmara de Almada has implemented several measures to protect the population, such as the closure of municipal spaces and the launch of a social emergency plan to ensure that the elderly and other groups at risk have “access to essential goods and services ”.

According to data released by the Directorate-General for Health, until Wednesday the municipality of Almada registered 35 confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus and the Setúbal Peninsula accounted for around 95.


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