Nearly 60 people were at the Center for Homeless Persons situated on Haltei St in Chisinau on December 2. Contacted by IPN for details, the Center’s acting head Veaceslav Macovei said more persons will come when it snows and it grows colder.
The Center works round-the-clock. In connection with the pandemic, the newcomers are placed in quarantine for 14 days. If they do not have signs of COVID-19 in the period, they can interact with the other beneficiaries. The persons can leave the Center whenever they want, but the 14-day quarantine is mandatory when coming for the first time. Until now, eight beneficiaries were diagnosed with COVID-19 while in quarantine and this allowed avoiding the spread of the infection among the other beneficiaries, stated Veaceslav Macovei.
Besides the areas for newcomers, there are areas for those who work, both for women and for men. The section for women is yet free. There is also a special room with 14 places for men who cannot serve themselves or who behave aggressively.
Recently, following an approach made to the National Army, the accommodation capacity could be extended by 60 places. There were brought 30 bunk beds. The Center can now shelter 134 people.
The beneficiaries are fed three times a day and can have a shower. They are provided with personal hygiene products and clean clothes. They can also benefit from legal, medical, psychological and other services. There are eight persons with disabilities at the Center at present.
Those who see a person in a situation of risk on the street can call the 112 service and the person can be bright to the Center, if it is the case.