COVID 19: Germany Experimenting on Its Population by Offering them Shelters
These last few weeks’ governments all over the world are asking people to stay inside their homes till they devise out a plan to get rid of the virus. Only inside Berlin, the capital of Germany, more than 1900 people live on the street because of the soaring rents. To be honest, it is even harder for people who are living from hand to mouth to pay rents due to joblessness and no income.
The physical realities of homeless people are often overlooked by authorities
The guidelines of social distancing being ordered by the government sometimes look over the physical realities of the homeless. Due to the closure of many public businesses, homeless people can’t even take care of their basic hygiene, such as showering and washing hands. The shelters in which homeless people reside only offer an overnight stay and force the people to brave the streets the next day.
Germany is experimenting on its homeless population
To fight off homelessness, Berlin has taken over certain initiatives over the years. In January, German officials surveyed the homeless and offered shelters to more than 36000 homeless people. Berlin also provides 1000 temporary sleeping places to the homeless during winters.
Due to the prevalent pandemic, the city needed a non-traditional solution, and that’s what the officials did. The authorities are looking forward to opening a 400-bed hostel in the capital for the homeless to stay. The opening of the hostel is just a primary experiment to record the response of people who reside on the streets.
If the experiment succeeds, it could become a valuable solution for the government to fill the left out places by the industries with the homeless people and would solve the problem for once and all. It is reported that Berlin officially has more than vacant 130000 beds, which are more than anywhere in Germany.
The hostel is rich in facilities and is offering medical care
Till now, Berlin has not reported any case of Coronavirus in its homeless population, but it didn’t stop the officials from taking the necessary precautions. For people who want to take the offer from the government and would like to reside in the hostel would have to undergo a full body checkup and medical exam.
The hostel would have a 24/7 facility of Social workers, medical staff, and other necessary resources at its disposal. It is quite evident from the measures taken by the Berlin officials that it is the only right thing to do to stop the virus from spreading among the homeless.
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