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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAuthorities decided to increase working hours of shelters for the homeless, number of available rooms and the number of soup portions starting with October 1st. Officers of Riga Municipal Police will now provide more attention to the homeless, informing them of different opportunities to receive aid and, if need be, transporting them to the nearest shelters.

This October, seven shelters will work from 18:00 to 08:00. Throughout this summer period Riga City Council co-financed 378 shelters, 433 in September. Starting with October 1st, the number of available rooms is expected to reach 643. Over the course of September, an average of 328 homeless people stayed at shelters (349 in the same period of 2013).

List of shelters for men and women:

-V.E.L.G. shelter (Kurzeme District, Bolderaja, Esplanades Street 1);

-Latvian Red Cross shelter (Latgale suburb, Gaizina Street 7);

Night shelters for women:

-Rigawomen’s shelter department (Latgale suburb, Barddzinu Street 2);

-PINS night shelter (Ziemelu District, Tvaika Street 2).

Night shelters for men:

-Riga men’s shelter department (Latgale suburb, Maskavas Street 208);

-Zilais Krusts night shelter (Latgale suburb, Maskavas Street 336). Men with motor function problems can also receive services (10 rooms);

– V.E.L.G. night shelter (Zemgale suburb, Kartupelu Street 8).

Day care centre for the homeless (Katolu Street 57) is open every day 09:00-17:00. The day care centre has room for 130 people. It was visited by an average of 80 people per day this September. People who take part in the day care centre’s activities are also provided dinner.

There are four soup kitchens in Riga. Thanks to co0funding from Riga City Council, it was possible to serve up to 400 portions per day during summer. It is planned to increase this number to 600 this October. People do not need to provide any identification documents in these establishments. People are allowed to eat on the spot or take meals with them (provided they have something to carry them in).

List of locations of kitchens:

-Square between Maza Nometnu Street and Zellu Street (work days 12:00-13:00);

-K.Barona Street 56 (all days except Sunday 09:00-11:00);

-K.Barona Street 126 (every day 12:00-13:00);

-Lakstas Street 8 (k 1) (work days 09:00-11:00)

If residents notice some person who resides in inappropriate living conditions, they are asked to inform Riga shelters by phone (work days 09:00-17:00 27023550).

Ref: 103.109.109.5983


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  1. Linda says:

    stop building luxury apartments for gangsters and build more social housing – not high rises which turn into ghettos but affordable maisonettes and hostels – job creation for builders, etc. Rolling programmes to tart up the existing housing stock and a mega tax on the super rich to pay for the programmes.

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