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Homeless shelters to accommodate 3,200 this winter
Brussels' winter plan to provide shelter and assistance for the homeless has come into force, running until the end of April.
This year, some 3,200 beds are available - of which 2,150 are already available year-round in various reception centres.
The extra spaces for the winter are provided by the Samusocial (740) and Red Cross (250).
Funding is coming from the Brussels Common Community Commission to the tune of €6.3 million, with a further €1.3 million from federal government funds.
Brussels' minister for social action and health, Alain Maron, told Bel RTL the 3,200 places "will not be enough ... but should be enough for those who are in the greatest need".
The winter homeless aid scheme is run separately from the accommodation effort for transmigrants, for whom 400 beds are available at the Porte d'Ulysse in Haren.