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Winter Is Coming As Over 5500 Homeless Offered Temporary Shelter In Hungary

Homeless shelters in Hungary can accommodate a total of 5,549 people for temporary stay according to August data, business daily Világgazdaság reported on Friday.

A total of 707 people are on waiting lists currently, with over 500 waiting for temporary placement in Budapest shelters, the daily said. The Hungarian government published a nearly 360 million forint (EUR 1.1m) tender to cover the rising costs of providing care for homeless people over the winter. It also provides a 50 million forint emergency limit for organisations helping the homeless, the human resources ministry told Világgazdaság.

In a procedural change starting this winter, the Human Resources Minister announces a “code red warning” when the daily average temperatures fall below -10 C or rise above +27 C. Buildings normally not involved in homeless services will then be opened to house those without shelter, the ministry said.

According to statistics, nearly half of Hungary’s homeless — about 10,000-12,000 people — live in Budapest while the rest reside in other larger cities. A survey conducted last year among Hungary’s homeless people by the Shelter Foundation found that two-thirds of them reside in the countryside and that their conditions are continuously deteriorating. Out of the 10,206 people surveyed, 3,422 resided in public spaces and 6,784 in homeless shelters.

via MTI and vg.hu; photo: Reviczky Zsolt – nol.hu