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Canaries need “co-ordinated approach” to homelessness 

The Canary Government is being urged to set up a co-ordinated policy in order to deal with the homeless situation in the islands.

Santa Cruz city council is one of the authorities leading the call and is being backed by Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, La Laguna and Telde. “The Canary Islands Government should lead a unique and coordinated strategy with the municipalities in order to improve the effectiveness of the policies we often develop from each administration with the best will but not necessarily with proper coordination,” said councillor for social care in Santa Cruz, Óscar García.

He said a network of resources for the homeless should include housing policies and guidance on how to help people faced with this precarious situation. Santa Cruz was among the locations represented when the second G4 summit was held in Gran Canaria. One of the problems addressed was a so-called bottleneck which presented homeless people with difficulties in accessing a new home and the lack of day care provision for those in desperate need.