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City of Reykjavík to Offer Emergency Housing to Those Displaced by COVID-19

The City of Reykjavík will offer short-term, emergency accommodations to people who have lost their housing due to the COVID-19 crisis, Vísir reports. The service will be open 24 hours a day and will be in operation for four months.

The initiative received funding from the Ministry of Social Affairs and is expected to cost approximately ISK 85 million ($596,000/€546,000). The Ministry says that the number of people seeking social and housing assistance has been increasing.

“These are people who were living abroad, with relatives or friends, or were in other short-term housing and are now in financial and housing difficulty due to COVID-19, for instance, because of risk of infection in their current residence or people who need to go into quarantine and then lose their housing… These situations can come up quickly and require immediate remedies.”

The emergency housing will be available to people regardless of their legal domicile. “The service will connect the person in question with a social worker in the municipality where they are legally domiciled,” reads the Ministry’s announcement, “but they will be allowed to stay in the short-term housing until their case has been channelled to the municipality in which they live.”

Similar measures have been discussed in Akureyri, but as of yet, have not been put into action.

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