New solutions for the homeless

Current model not working

New solutions for the homeless makes headlines

The increase in the number of homeless people living on the streets leads entities that work in this area to experiment with new solutions according to JM this morning. Sílvia Ferreira, from the Centro de Apoio aos Sem-Abrigo (Homeless Support Centre), warns that the current model is not working. Helena Correia, from Casa do Voluntário, awaits the results of the new project aimed at social reintegration.

The newspaper observes that “time helped the fireworks”. The Madeiran signature event benefited from the absence of rain and deserved a lot of praise. The Diario also reports on the success of the fireworks, reporting that innovations were successful, generating much more praise than criticism.

Also noteworthy is Justice. ‘Caso Monte’ marks the judicial year. Public Prosecutor’s Office, lawyers and defendants in the case of the tree fall in Monte will be heard next week. Afterwards, judge Joana Dias will set the date for the sentence. Cases of homicide, beatings, fraud, trafficking and the Prazeres arsonist reach the courts this year.

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5 thoughts on “New solutions for the homeless”

  1. They will never get a solution to this until they use a full joined up approach. Alcohol,drug units mental health unit, social services unit and they all work in tandem.
    I have a great deal of experience in this field and was awarded an OBE by my late queen for my charitable work in this field

  2. This is a problem everywhere. In London they estimate 167,000 homeless persons. They are people with no actual home of their own e.g. living in hostels, staying with other family members, staying with friends then finally those living on the streets. It has been said that many people are three mortgage payments away from becoming homeless! In other words many are living beyond their means and if they lose their jobs they can have their homes repossessed and end up on the streets. A horrible position to be in.

    Many of those living on the streets can have mental health problems or drink/drug problems and are difficult to help but that is no excuse for not helping them. As Harry says, it needs a joined up approach by the relevant agencies.

  3. There are two types of homeless,economic and health issues.
    Most economics are families who as you point out,are from living beyond their means or taking on debt when it was cheap to support it, these generally are looked after by the councils who have a statuary obligation to house families.
    Then you have the individual homeless type, alcohol,drug, mental health etc, these are the people you see on the streets. ( you also see people,who actually are not homeless as they get their income streams from passing people) it’s a very complicated problem, look up Embassy Charity, we helped fund its start up costs.
    The main thing,is not to judge, some of these people,may have sat across from you at some point, your bank manager,your doctor,your neighbour,your husband,wife or child!!
    Thought provoking eh?

    • I reckon 100% of the homeless in Funchal are due to mental/alchool/drug/family issues or all these combined together. It is extremely hard to approach these people in conventional ways because most of them don’t have a conventional way of thinking or are under drugs or alcholhol 80% of time. Under the portuguese law you cannot take these people for treatment without their consent which is a good thing but makes the problem more difficult to solve. Not making their life harder is a good starting point to give them some hope to treat themselves better (realistically the ones that are on the streets will probably stay there) so you have to identify the ones that are prone to do it in the future.

  4. Exactly, but it’s the same in UK you can’t force anyone into treatments, it’s how to engage, again I suggest Google Embassy homeless charity.
    There is a homeless charity working in Funchal, they have a second hand furniture shop in the street at back of main market, they operate like the worldwide St Vincent de Paul charity, but there main drawback here,is they try to ship people out to their rehab centre on mainland Portugal.


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