The Vice President of the Generalitat and Minister for Equality and Inclusive Policies, Mónica Oltra, has claimed the Mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala, that it be “more diligent” to improve the social infrastructure of the city of Alicante. Oltra responded in this way when asked about the Ministry’s proposal to build a second shelter for the homeless in the capital of Alicante, with an initial investment of half a million euros, which was rejected by the local executive when considering the budget “insufficient “.
Barcala rejects the Generalitat’s proposal to build a new shelter for homeless people in Alicante
The solutions to homelessness confront the Alicante City Council and the Consell: Oltra offers to build a shelter and Barcala asks for a socio-health center
Just a week ago it became known that the municipal government of Alicante, led by Luis Barcala, had officially rejected the proposal of the Ministry of Equality and Inclusive Policies to build a new shelter for homeless people in the city of Alicante.
The Valencian generalitatthrough the department headed by Mónica Oltra, offered the Alicante City Council earlier this month the possibility that the capital of Alicante host a second homeless shelter. It would be about locating in the city one of the projects proposed by the citizens in the participatory budgets of the Generalitat for 2022, with a planned budget of half a million euros. It was also put on the table that the Ministry could take charge of financing the vacancies of the Reception and Insertion Center (CAI), so that the City Council did not have to bear that annual cost . The proposal had to be accepted or rejected before the end of March.
Also with the mental health center
Regarding the project of a mental health Center, The minister has also asked the Alicante City Council for a “quick solution” so that the subsidy granted by the regional department to the foundation that promotes the initiative, which finally reached an agreement with the residents of PAU 1, is not lost. “We hope that the City Council provides a quick solution because mental health infrastructures are very necessary. I don’t know if the Alicante City Council is ready to lose subsidies that are for the good of the citizens”, added Oltra. This pact, after a negotiation promoted by the socialists, was assumed as his own by the mayor during the last municipal plenary session in March, although other municipal sources stressed that the government’s idea is to continue searching for another location for the entire project, with all efforts directed at occupying a plot of land near the current headquarters of the Red Cross, also in PAU 1.
Visiting the North Zone
The vice president plans to be in Alicante until this Tuesday, and then move to Elda. Oltra recalled this Monday that the ministry has earmarked nearly three million euros for resources and programs aimed at the social inclusion of the neighborhoods of the North Zone of Alicante. These are, the vice president pointed out, investments made in local facilities and services in the neighborhoods of the Northern Zone, taking into account the needs of citizens and with the aim of providing tools that allow the most vulnerable groups to “break the wheel of exclusion and develop independent life projects”.
Oltra has met with young people who participate in the IVAJ Youth Opportunity Program (JOOP) in these neighborhoods of Alicante, a total of 24 adolescents and young people between 16 and 21 years of age with whom we are working to “re-engage them in training or working life and include them back in society”. In this sense, the vice president has highlighted the actions aimed at children, adolescents and youth launched by her department in this area and amounting to nearly three million euros.
Educational coaching to engage nearly a thousand “ninis”
Thus, they have allocated this year 130,990 euros for the Special Mentor Office of the Northern Zone which has a team of five professionals to “offer support and advice to young people under the guardianship of the Generalitat who have already reached the age of majority or are close to it”. The Mentor Office team is made up of professionals in law, social work, psychology, labor integration and administrative assistant.
Furthermore, as support for the Mentor Office, The vice-president has indicated that “day centers for coexistence and educational support and social and labor insertion will be launched, with an annual cost of 346,037 and 462,720 euros, respectively”. With these centers up and running, the Ministry’s investment in the North Zone will amount to almost four million in 2022, according to Oltra.
Another, during the visit to one of the projects with young people that is underway in the North Zone DAVID RESALE
The vice-president highlighted, in particular, the nearly two million euros for the Kumpania socio-educational intervention for the Roma population, launched in the North Zone in the 2019-2020 academic year for Primary and Secondary, but which this year has been extended to non-compulsory education (preschool, vocational training cycles, university studies, high school). Thus, the services are developed in the neighborhoods of Virgen del Carmen, Four hundred houses, Cemetery, Miguel Hernández and in Colonia Requena.
These are, Oltra has indicated, programs promoted by the Ministry of Equality and Inclusive Policies to promote education as a tool for “social lift” that allows “also to break with the inheritance of social exclusion from parents to children”.
The vice-president also highlighted the project pilotem, which has European funding, for the development of itineraries for the socio-labour insertion of people in situations of exclusion or risk of social and economic exclusion, applying in each case specific and well-differentiated objectives for their subsequent evaluation, which will be adapted to the needs of each person. For its implementation in the North Zone, the Pilotem project has an investment of 638,291 euros, to which nearly 90,000 euros are added for the development of social inclusion programs.