Homless charities get extra three million kroner

Funding for private charities to help keep foreign homeless warm The government has released three million kroner to private charities in order to help foreign homeless people barred from using publicly funded shelters. The money comes as a blast of...

The government has released three million kroner to private charities in order to help foreign homeless people barred from using publicly funded shelters.

The money comes as a blast of Arctic weather this past week has sent the homeless scrambling for assistance.

Under current legislation foreigners without official residence are not permitted to receive help from shelters that receive money to run government-approved programmes.

Despite the extra funding, a number of city governments have maintained their call to change the legislation to allow shelters running government programmes to take in foreigners.

“With the weather we have now, there is a very real risk of people dying. It doesn’t matter what people’s nationalities are, this cannot be the way we do things in Denmark,” Claus Thomasbjerg, the chairman of Aarhus City Council’s Social Affairs Committee, told Politiken newspaper.

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