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The Mobile Guidance Service (MGS) is back on the streets of Warsaw

published: 2019-11-29 08:09, mlan

As in the last year, the Mobile Guidance Service bus has set out into the city with NGO experts on board to help homeless people.

The Service will allow homeless people to move between long-term shelters and nighttime shelters, cold-weather shelters, eateries, healthcare centres and the bathhouse. It stops by train stations and at other locations frequented by homeless people to offer them transport, a warm meal and guidance.
City-commissioned streetworkers are on duty in the bus to provide homeless persons with information on the types and forms of support they can get from a range of institutions. All MGS rides are free of charge.

In 2019 the City of Warsaw allocated almost PLN 16 million (compared to over PLN 12 million in 2018) to non-governmental organisations for homeless support. Through the third sector, we provide a total of 1,428 beds in two nighttime shelters (180 beds), one round-the-clock cold-weather shelter (50), emergency homeless shelters in two locations (125), 21 long-term homeless shelters (982) and supportive housing facilities (91). An additional cold-weather shelter is also open during winter.

Other important homeless support facilities include: three bathhouses (including a new facility at 111/113 Grochowska Street), one sanitation facility (with bathing and laundry options), four guidance centres, a laundry, and, most importantly, five eateries, which prepare almost 2,000 City-funded meals a day during winter.