Homeless problem resurfaces – The YKE are studying new support programs – Homeless…by choice? – They even risk their lives
The accuracy is galloping, the rent prices in several cases – in proportion to the quality of the houses – are at outrageous levels, with the result that the news about the death of a homeless person in Limassol provokes the public feeling even more.
Are there homeless people in Cyprus in 2024? And if so, is rising inflation and its consequences the cause?
According to figures from the Social Welfare Services, in the first six months of 2023, about 130 people sought hospitality, including 52 Greek Cypriots.
However, as Officer A said’ of YKE, Maria Kyratzi, speaking to the Cyprus Times, these are people who had issues of a financial nature, or addiction problems or other issues that needed help.“These people were connected with an officer of the Service so that the problem they are facing can be identified and either they can be networked with the corresponding service or they can be given some financial assistance and the arrangement for their quick stay”.
< p>The goal of the services is to help, as he mentioned, with the contribution of the person to find the most permanent solutions and to mobilize and activate in order to face any other problems he has in his life.< /p>
“We ask citizens when they come across people who are homeless to make a relevant report. Many turn to the Police, with whom we cooperate, and this is how the cases reach us. In Limassol we developed a program, in collaboration with the Municipality, for specialized services for the homeless. The aim is to mobilize this person, to network them with similar services and to guide them to find housing”.
Asked if there are plans to create a Hospitality Center strong>homeless, Mrs. Kyratzi said that within the framework of actions, various options are being considered. “In addition to this, we are studying how to develop other specialized programs in other municipalities besides Limassol”. lives in inhumane conditions.
Homeless… by choice?
No one can dispute that now individuals and families are finding it very difficult to meet even their basic needs.
However, as we were told by a competent person, the presence of homeless people, in many cases, it is also a result of other problems faced by the persons in question and their refusal to receive help.
As explained to us, some people are given options that they do not like or even benefits that they do not want to receive. use to find housing and choose to live outdoors and in bad conditions.
They even risk their lives
Meanwhile in their efforts some homeless to secure temporary housing put their lives at risk.
As the Cyprus Times reported in its report, in the recent past, a fire almost ended in tragedy in an abandoned building where they lived homeless. In fact, this was not the only case where they put their lives in danger in their attempt to secure residence.