“Housing The Homeless”: 6 Apartments Renovated and Assigned to People in Need in Genoa

“Housing The Homeless”: 6 Apartments Renovated and Assigned to People in Need in Genoa

Thanks to the project promoted by the Costa Crociere Foundation and the Community of Sant’Egidio, 12 people, including a family with children, have a home to live in and from which to begin the process of social reintegration.
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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 10:30am

Genoa, June 15, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Costa Crociere Foundation, the foundation established by Costa Crociere, and the Community of Sant'Egidio presented the social assistance project "Housing the Homeless". 

Through this project, launched in the fall of 2014 and supported by funds from the foundation, 6 apartments in Genoa's historic centre were renovated and assigned by the Community of Sant'Egidio to 12 people in need or homeless, including a family with children. 

"Through the project 'Housing the Homeless', the Costa Crociere Foundation aims at providing a concrete answer to assist the most vulnerable in our city, those living on the street. And this situation has worsened in recent years due to the continuing economic crisis. Security and permanency guaranteed by a home are the prerequisites for improving the life of these people and for helping them regain social and economic independence," declared Paola Girdinio of the Costa Crociere Foundation.

"Everyday Sant'Egidio helps women and old people living on the streets, in a particularly dificult situation. Costa Cruises Foundation allows us to take care of them in a more effective way and to expand our operations in favour of the weaker sections of the population"  - said Andrea Chiappori, Head of the Community of Sant'Egidio for Liguria. 

The 6 apartments are owned by ASP Emanuele Brignole institution, which provided them under a concession for the social housing project promoted by the Costa Crociere Foundation. The renovation included cleaning, installation of heating systems, maintenance of kitchen and bathroom functions, as well as acquisition of mattresses, pillows, blankets, decorations and other essential items.

Housing assignment is managed by the Community of Sant'Egidio. Starting from a home to live in, the goal is to develop individual paths toward social and human reintegration to help people and families in need reacquire their independence. 

The first people moved into the homes at the end of January. Currently, 3 women, 5 men and a family of four (2 parents and 2 children of 5 and 10 years old respectively) are living in the apartments. The Community of Sant'Egidio, with the help of the Costa Crociere Foundation, offers them psychological and social support through a tutor who interacts with them every day, managing the daily activities of the project.

"Housing the Homeless" is one of the projects promoted by the Costa Crociere Foundation. With the support of Costa Crociere and its partners, the Costa Crociere Foundation aims to tackle tough social and environmental problems in Italian communities in order to give people a solid basis on which to build a better future. (http://www.costa-crociere-foundation.com/). 

For additional information:
Uffficio Stampa Costa Crociere - tel. 010 5483523 - 010 5483068 - costapressoffice@costa.it
Gabriele Baroni - Communication Director - cell. 3497668013 - baroni@costa.it
Saint'Egidio Community 
Doriano Saracino - cell. +39 347.2499367 - doriano.saracino@gmail.com


Claire West