Plans in Lisbon to provide 320 houses to the homeless

Lisbon Municipal Assembly approved the Municipal Plan for Homeless People (PMPSA) 2019-2023.

Plans have been passed in Lisbon to provide housing for the homeless / Mihály Köles on Unsplash
Plans have been passed in Lisbon to provide housing for the homeless / Mihály Köles on Unsplash
6 April 2020, Redaction

Responding to problems faced by homeless people in Lisbon is a commitment for Lisbon City Council (CML), with the goal of having fewer people living on the street. There is good news in this sense, due to the fact that the Lisbon Municipal Assembly (AML) recently approved the Municipal Plan for Homeless People (PMPSA) 2019-2023, which foresees an investment of 14.6 million euros and the provision of a further 320 houses by the year 2023 under the "Housing First" programme.

The document in question, with the abstention of the PCP (Portuguese Communist Party) and the favourable votes of the other main political forces and independent elected representatives, also includes programmes in order to help the employability of homeless people, as well as a commitment to oral health, guaranteeing 1,500 free dental consultations per year, stated by the Portuguese news agency Lusa.

According to Radio Renascença, a Portuguese radio station managed by the Catholic church, the PMPSA programme is aimed at 361 homeless people and 1,967 people who have no permanent home and live in temporary accommodation, with housing, health and employment as the mainareas of intervention - the municipality will also open 200 vacancies in its departments and municipal companies.

Manuel Grilo, the Councillor for Social Rights, said that the PMPSA shows a "very strong commitment" on "Housing First", with 320 additional properties that will be available for the homeless by 2023, besides the current 80 already available.

It should be noted that the plan was initially approved in December 2019 by Lisbon City Council, with a first version approved in June of the same year, having been revised and expanded. Therefore, the plan has been extended until 2023 (initially valid until 2021) and the investment will increase from 4.3 million euros to 14.6 million euros

The council is currently financing 80 homes for homeless people under the "Housing First" programme - a project in which people are integrated into homes that tend to be individual and are monitored by specialists who teach them how to manage a house with a view of working towards their social integration

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