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The contract between the City Hall and the Abandoned Jesus Foundation allows to attend more than 16,000 overnight stays of homeless people a year (13/08/2019)

The Councilor for Social and Family Rights, Pilar Torres, visited this morning the facilities that the Abandoned Jesus Foundation has on Santa Catalina Avenue.

On September 1, the extension of the contract that the City Council of Murcia has with the Abandoned Jesus Foundation for the management of 45 places in the Reception Center and another 10 places for health care, in addition to the 45 seats in the Dining Room social that said entity manages in the facilities of the Asilo store in Murcia.

The contract, signed on September 1, 2017 for a period of two years extendable for another two with an annual amount of 563,929 euros, allows to attend a total of 16,425 annual overnight stays of homeless or in transit situations in the city of Murcia , in addition to guaranteeing access to the social dining room, thus guaranteeing the basic benefits of these people.

In addition to this contract, the City of Murcia has a collaboration agreement with said entity for an annual amount of 75,000 euros for the development of the Housing First project (the first home), aimed at the direct incorporation to a home of people with a high and continued situation of a homeless person, a project that currently benefits 4 people who will be incorporated in the next few days.

People live autonomously in homes that are assigned within the framework of this project, with very positive results in their process of integration and social incorporation, with a support team to accompany them in their process, but always maintaining the full autonomy

"The results of this model are very significant and there are really important changes in the lives of these people," explained Pilar Torres.

The collaboration of both entities extends to work in other areas of intervention with the homeless, within the framework of the Network for the social inclusion of the City of Murcia, of which the Abandoned Jesus Foundation is part, as is the attention to homeless people with mental health problems or drug dependence, collaboration in campaigns against extreme temperatures and in all areas of the fight against poverty and social exclusion of the most vulnerable people.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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