On 24 May, the first modular mobile shower for the homeless was launched. It will be stationed in three different locations (at present it is set up on Wenedów Street). The mobile shower system will be operated by Caritas of the Warsaw-Praga Diocese.
“The City Council has allocated a considerable amount to implement the project, i.e. PLN 1 million. I hope that it will be welcomed by both the homeless and the residents of the city. We have to solve together the issues plaguing the most needy citizens”– said Aleksandra Scheybal-Rostek, Warsaw City Councillor, and the project’s initiator.
It is a modular mobile shower system, so the homeless can use the toilet, take a shower and change their underwear. They will also have an opportunity to get a haircut. The mobile shower system is fully adapted to the needs of the disabled. This solution will give better access to sanitation to socially excluded people.
Following an open tender announced by the Welfare & Social Projects Department, Caritas of the Warsaw-Praga Diocese was selected to directly run the project. According to the agreement, the City will cover nearly 86% of the costs incurred by Caritas, by means of a grant for PLN 189,308.
As of the day of a nationwide survey concerning the homeless, 8/9 February 2017, there were more than 2700 homeless people in Warsaw. The City provides room for 1438 homeless people in shelters by providing financial support to the non-governmental organisations which run them. A considerable number of homeless people stay in institutions providing temporary stay (such as hospitals and crisis intervention centres). However, 25% of the homeless declared that they stayed in public places.
Warsaw helps the homeless
We would like to remind you that the City is spending nearly PLN 11 million on helping the homeless. The City provides financial support to 20 homeless shelter institutions (night shelters, day shelters, specialised shelters, training flats), which in total provide accommodation for approx. 1400 people, 7 soup kitchens which serve more than 2000 meals per day, 4 advice centres, including one centre run by the Doctors of Hope, a shower block, and additionally two daytime warming-up rooms in winter. Six non-governmental organisations have implemented a pilot street working project for the benefit of the homeless in 15 districts. The number of training flats co-funded by the City also increased (now there are more than 70).