The centre will take in homeless young people between 18 and 25 who have no family or social support, providing the necessary means and training to improve their physical and emotional stability. The new facility follows the municipal strategy of combatting homelessness by backing increasingly specialised support.
Christened Maria Freixa in honour of the woman who gave the premises to the managing entity, the Fundació APIP-ACAM, the centre will take in young people who are referred by other facilities in the network providing support for vulnerable and homeless people in the city.
“We’re getting more and more young people at facilities for the homeless, and clearly the circumstances of someone older is not the same as a young person who needs a specific facility which responds to their needs”, explained the Deputy Mayor for Social Rights, Laia Ortiz. “Today we have a facility which is essential and necessary to help provide support for many young people in the city with their self-sufficiency and also to fulfil their life plan”, noted Ortiz.
The aim of the resource is to provide support and socio-educational follow-up for young residents, preparing them to live autonomously and giving them the necessary resources and training to gain maximum self-sufficiency in work and relationships. Similarly, the idea is to help them integrate with their surroundings by developing their abilities and putting together a work plan to improve the physical and emotional stability of each of them.
The new centre has 21 places offering temporary accommodation for up to a maximum of one year, although that period may be extended depending on the prospects for self-sufficiency at each moment. In all, 13 people will staff the centre and cover accommodation services, food and drink, hygiene, socio-educational support and labour insertion. The facility means the City Council now has a total of 1,182 beds available, part of the overall number of nearly 2,000 places in the city.