Over a pe­riod of three years, a con­sid­er­able num­ber of so­cial ac­com­mo­da­tions will be built

Malta Independent - - BUDGET 2017 -

So­cial In­clu­sion Hous­ing Sec­tor

Through the as­sis­tance of Euro­pean funds, the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity will be­gin, dur­ing the last quar­ter of 2017, a se­ries of works to in­stall lifts and up­grade govern­ment so­cial hous­ing. This process is ex­pected to be con­cluded over a pe­riod of six years. The main­te­nance of com­mu­nal ar­eas and lift in­stal­la­tions will take place on 211 build­ings where roughly 4,400 per­sons re­side, 1,200 of which are el­derly and roughly 200 are per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

€50 mil­lion so­cial hous­ing project

Through­out 2017, the first units of the mas­sive €50 mil­lion so­cial hous­ing project – that was an­nounced in last year’s bud­get – will be built. Over a pe­riod of three years, a con­sid­er­able num­ber of so­cial ac­com­mo­da­tions will be built.

Per­sonal As­sis­tance for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties

Plans to launch a scheme where per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties will have per­sonal as­sis­tance ac­cord­ing to their needs were an­nounced. This would be based on the works car­ried out by the Swiss In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing In­sti­tute, and will be open to all ages, with the ex­penses be­ing footed partly by the govern­ment and partly by those mak­ing use of the ser­vice. The an­nual ex­pense in­curred will reach just over €1 mil­lion.

Con­tin­u­ing work on so­cial jus­tice

The govern­ment will be con­tin­u­ing work on the so­cial jus­tice project, which will see the build­ing of 10 new homes for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties across Malta. The homes are in­tended for respite ser­vices, and will also pro­vide peace of mind for par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers.

Care for the el­derly respite ser­vices

Respite ser­vices aimed to­wards in­for­mal car­ers who work di­rectly in the homes of de­pen­dent per­sons are to be launched in 2017. Through this ser­vice, car­ers will be given sup­port by the pro­vi­sion of three weeks rest per year.

In this way, car­ers will be cared for as they de­serve, and will be stopped from be­ing so­cially ex­cluded.

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels ten­der has been ex­tended and plans to re­move the wait­ing lists for this ser­vice by the end of 2016 are be­ing con­sid­ered. This is thanks to an in­crease of the al­lo­cated bud­get for this type of ser­vice, with the aim of strength­en­ing com­mu­nity ser­vices.

The govern­ment has also taken care to im­prove the qual­ity of the food pro­vided and re­duce the as­so­ci­ated risks.

Ruzar Briffa build­ing project

For the el­derly de­mo­graphic, the Ruzar Briffa build­ing within St Vin­cent De Paul is be­ing primed to un­dergo ex­pan­sion and up­grade works. In this way, work­ers can live and work in a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment. Through this project, six new halls will be built which will be able to re­ceive a larger num­ber of pa­tients.

Mtarfa day care cen­tre

The Mtarfa day care cen­tre will be mod­ernised and ex­panded in order to of­fer more fa­cil­i­ties and ac­com­mo­date a larger num­ber of peo­ple through­out the week.

In this area, the govern­ment is work­ing to­wards bet­ter fur­nish­ings and im­prov­ing the con­di­tions for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties who make use of the cen­tres. In ad­di­tion to this, an­other cen­tre in the south of Malta is also be­ing con­sid­ered in order to reach more peo­ple.

Works con­tinue on the ‘REACH’ project

Works have con­tin­ued on the REACH project, an­nounced last year. This project will in­cor­po­rate a va­ri­ety of ser­vices, adapted for a va­ri­ety of needs. This project is ex­pected to cater for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, re­duce the wait­ing lists of Ap­poġġ, the state so­cial sup­port agency, through the use of mod­ern pro­fes­sional ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture. The de­sign con­cept for this project is based on the uni­ver­sal de­sign con­cept.

Work to­wards ad­dress­ing so­ci­ety’s needs

The Foun­da­tion for So­cial Ser­vices be­lieve in su­per­vi­sion be­ing present when a child and its par­ent, who do not live in the same house­hold, spend time to­gether. With this in mind, the foun­da­tion will be strength­en­ing ac­cess to pro­fes­sional su­per­vi­sion for such in­stances, at a suit­able lo­ca­tion where chil­dren feel se­cure and have more free­dom to con­nect with the fam­ily mem­ber in ques­tion.

Cen­tre for teenage girls

The Foun­da­tion will be launch­ing a se­cure cen­tre for teenage girls that will op­er­ate un­der a sys­tem of ther­apy, with the aim of help­ing young adults who have suf­fered through dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances that have pushed them to­wards the mar­gins of so­ci­ety. Apart from keeping these teenagers away from harm, the cen­tre will serve to teach teenage girls the skills they need to live and par­tic­i­pate within so­ci­ety.

Sedqa pi­lot project

Sedqa, the state agency that com­bats ad­dic­tion within the Foun­da­tion for So­cial Ser­vices, will launch a pi­lot project fo­cused on young cou­ples with chil­dren who are go­ing through a sepa­ra­tion. This will serve to ad­dress the prob­lems and needs of the child within the poli­cies for a pos­i­tive up­bring­ing ini­tia­tive pub­lished by the Fam­ily and So­cial Sol­i­dar­ity Min­istry.

So­cial fund for stu­dents in dif­fi­culty

A fund will be al­lo­cated to as­sist the qual­ity of lives of stu­dents who are cur­rently liv­ing in dif­fi­culty. This will serve not just to help the stu­dents ma­te­ri­ally, but will also pro­vide as­sis­tance in the ar­eas of cul­ture and sport. The think­ing is that the Em­ploy­ment and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and the Fam­ily and So­cial Sol­i­dar­ity Min­istry would work to­gether with the prin­ci­ples of var­i­ous schools and col­leges to ad­min­is­ter these funds to the right stu­dents.

For the first year of this fund, €1 mil­lion will be al­lo­cated.

Pres­i­dent’s Foun­da­tion for So­cial Wel­fare

Through this fund, as­sis­tance will be given to in­di­vid­u­als who have been marginalised or ex­cluded by so­ci­ety, such as those young­sters who leave school early and re­main un­em­ployed.

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