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New homeless project for the elderly

Volkshilfe Wien is to open a second residence for homeless OAPs with 85 single flats in six floors at the Gumpendorfer Gürtel in Vienna.

Volkshilfe in Austria is an organisation offering services and assistance with a long tradition going back to its foundation in 1947. It is a non-profit organisation of which the nine provinces including Vienna are the members.

The new building is aimed at men and women that because of their age and their health situation can no longer live alone or who are threatened with homelessness. Most of those involved in the project will be people with either physical or psychological disabilities. They are also often plagued with financial problems.

In some cases they are people who have spent many years on the streets and as a result of either drug or alcohol problems have limited mobility.

The flats are equipped with a small cooking area as well as a living room and sleeping area and a bathroom. Each one is between 20 and 25 m square and some also have a balcony.

At the moment Vienna currently has at 400 separate locations specially funded housing offering 4,800 flats for the homeless. But the new project is only the second one specially tailored towards the elderly.

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