The federal authorities’ centre in the Brussels municipality of Etterbeek has made 250 beds available since 8 December. This will now be increased to 300 beds.
The centre is currently almost full to capacity. The centre offers homeless people a bed, somewhere to wash and meals. In addition to this the centre also provides medical and psycho-social care. Meanwhile, Samusocial now has between 900 and 920 places available at its homeless shelters.
However, the organisation’s spokeswoman Marie-Anne Robberecht says that this isn’t enough. During the coming an extra 300 beds will become available thanks to the opening of a third shelter in Evere. Samusocial teams have been sent out onto the streets to try and find the most vulnerable homeless people and persuade them to go to a shelter.