Winter Is Coming As Over 5500 Homeless Offered Temporary Shelter In Hungary
Tamás Székely 2017.09.15.
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.