Homeless men die as winter bites deep
28 November 2005, BRUSSELS — After the freezing deaths of two homeless people in Brussels over the weekend, reports have emerged that emergency shelter groups do not have enough beds.
28 November 2005
BRUSSELS — After the freezing deaths of two homeless people in Brussels over the weekend, reports have emerged that emergency shelter groups do not have enough beds.
As wintry weather descended upon Belgium over the weekend, Brussels is to launch a special winter plan on Monday, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Monday.
The scheme is aimed at helping homeless people make it through the winter. But despite the forecast snow late last week, it appears to have been impossible to launch the plan several days earlier.
And homeless shelter Casu had to refuse entry to 27 homeless people on Sunday night, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported.
The Brussels shelter has room for 65 men, 45 women and 10 homeless families every night. Some of them voluntarily arrive at the shelter, others are picked up from the street.
The building is not big enough to create extra sleeping spaces if the need arises.
Meanwhile, two homeless people died from the cold weather over the weekend.
The first victim, 43-year-old Jean-Marie Boileau, died on the steps of the de Sint-Katelijnekerk in the heart of Brussels. A homeless victim died there two years ago also.
A second homeless man was died in Elsene. He has been identified as a man aged about 40, without ID.
He died of hypothermia after spending the night on a seat at a bus stop in front of the local hospital. No one appears to have seen or helped him during the night.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news