Rotterdam hopes to clear up its last homeless

6th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Rotterdam is trying to house the final two hundred of its homeless, to complete a three-year project.

Rotterdam – The city of Rotterdam is busy trying to clear up the last two hundred of its homeless, reports Dutch press agency ANP. The municipality began a project in 2006 to find homes for those sleeping rough on its streets.

Over 2,700 of its 2,900 homeless now have accommodation.

The intention is to get the remaining two hundred to the point that they choose a different way of life for themselves by the end of the year. But 'that is a hard nut to crack', reflects de Volkskrant.

Making contact with some of the people will prove to be difficult, “but therefore we will put extra effort into that,” said the spokesman of alderman Jantine Kriens (Social Relief) on Wednesday.

Each year, about 80 difficult cases are referred to an institution in Hummelo in Gelderland in the east of the Netherlands, where they receive support and are given work experience.

Radio Netherlands / Anna Ritchie / Expatica

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