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New homeless shelter to be established in Reykjavík

Reykjavík City has bought the guesthouse Centrum at Njálsgata 74 for ISK 88 million (USD 1.4 million, EUR 1 million), with support from the Ministry of Social Affairs, and plans to change it into a shelter for homeless people.

According to Ellý A. Thorsteinsdóttir, the office manager of the City’s welfare department, between 40 and 60 individuals are homeless in Reykjavík, mostly men. Fréttabladid reports.

Thorsteinsdóttir said the shelter is considered a temporary solution for homelessness. Reykjavík City currently runs a shelter for homeless people, but many are turned down due to lack of space.

Reykjavík City will take over the guesthouse at Njálsgata 74 in mid-May. The facilities are considered convenient for a homeless shelter and will not call for extensive alterations. Ten men can be housed at the shelter at a time.

A group of inhabitants in Njálsgata does not approve of the City’s plans, as they believe their property will decrease in value, and walked from door to door on Thursday collecting signatures from their neighbors to prevent the homeless shelter from being established.

The new shelter is a result of an agreement between Mayor of Reykjavík Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson and Minister of Social Affairs Magnús Stefánsson last December.

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