ALICANTE Town Hall has teamed up with the Red Cross to provide extra help to the homeless during the current cold.
The low temperatures are expected to continue for at least a week and additional accommodation will be provided.
The Councilor for Social Action of Alicante, Julia Llopis, has indicated: “We have enabled 50 more beds with the opening of a second room as an emergency shelter in the reception center of the city.”
“In addition to the extra places, people in need are provided with food, showers and healthcare, as well as a hygiene kit with warm clothes,” adds Llopis.
Since the emergency shelter opened last week, 381 lunches, dinners and breakfasts have been provided through Monday at noon in partnership with Red Cross volunteers.
It offers night service from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and is also open two hours during the day to provide a hot meal.
The Red Cross has also expanded its street patrols through its Social Emergency Mobile Units -EMES- that provide face-to-face care to people.
During the tours people are informed about the shelter that helps provide a bridge between the street and comprehensive care services.
“The Red Cross actively participates as an agent of change that is involved in quality care for the homeless, helping to deliver welcome products, hot drinks and emotional support,” says Remedios Alarcón, president of the Alicante Red Cross.