There are enough free places for the homeless, and the organizations involved in providing care for the homeless are prepared to be able to carry out their tasks when the cold weather arrives – stressed Attila Fulop, State Secretary responsible for Welfare Policy at the Ministry of Social Affairs. Interior Ministry during a press conference held in Budapest. He said: A large-scale consultation was held on organizing winter care for the homeless, in which the police, the ambulance service, the Budapest Autonomous Government, representatives of cities with district rights and representatives of homeless care organizations also participated. included.
In Hungary, 240 organizations are currently responsible for caring for the homeless, and the necessary resources are available in the budget to carry out the tasks
he added. According to his announcement, the utilization rate of places is 78 percent nationally, and 77 percent in Budapest, so there are enough places, and in the last five years the utilization has never reached 100 percent nationally.
According to a report by Attila Fulop, the number of accommodations has exceeded more than 12,000 for many years. In night shelters to solve sudden situations, the occupancy rate also ranges between seventy and eighty percent. He confirmed:
Everyone is urged to use the services when the cold comes.
“There is only one question mark left during the negotiations regarding homeless care,” Attila Fulop said. Difficulties have arisen in the functioning of the homeless shelter run by the Hungarian Evangelical Brotherhood (MET) and the Protection Charity.
I think it is ugly not to fulfill an obligation in relation to vulnerable people
– The Minister of State commented on the case.
He stated: MET has accumulated tax debts, which is why NAV is deducting money from the organization. The organization must also fulfill its obligations in this case, and the MET has received support worth HUF 8.6 billion over the past 13 years, he added. The organization is responsible for five percent of care in Budapest, and cares for about a thousand people across the country.