citizen's income, FIO. PSD: “Cut out those who are in a state of extreme marginality”

With the conversion into law of the decree on income and pensions, Yesterday in the Senate, is the process is closed. But the proposals in favor of the homeless were not accepted. Courteous (Observatory serious marginality): "We do not Surrend, We ask dialogue with the government "

28 marzo 2019


ROME – "There is great bitterness and disappointment why the proposed amendments to Decree advanced by fio.PSD were not accepted, but we will not give up and we continue to ask the government for a dialogue on the possibility of providing specific rules for the Homeless ". After the conversion into law of the decree concerning the citizen's income, Caterina Cortese, head of the Observatory on the serious marginalization of Italian Federation of Organizations for homeless people (FIO. PSD), He makes the point on ITER leading to the approval by 150 votes in favor, 107 against and 7 abstentions, conversion bill of Decree-Law No.. 4 of 28 January 2019, laying down provisions on citizenship income and pensions. A path that attended the hearings to FIO.psd Camera e al Senate, but they have not delivered the desired results.

Among the requests made to the members of Parliament it was to recognize the homeless the chance to apply for citizenship Income although not in possession of a permanent residence in the last two years. Request not accepted, specific Cortese. "The life of homeless people has different characteristics – explains Cortese -, and stories of the residences are often intermittent. We had asked that could be worth, as a requirement, a kind of social project certification issued by a public service to declare the person in charge to services and give you an opportunity to receive the citizen's income ". However, the text approved yesterday, 27 marzo, in the Senate does not contain this possibility by cutting out, so, a slice of those who live in extreme marginality.

Difficult to give accurate and updated numbers, specific Cortese, but the research done on the old Inclusion Income leave no doubt. "Through investigation we asked how many homeless people followed by the services of our members were able to obtain Rei – Cortese continues – and the main barrier was happening on the residency of two years. The residency requirement creates a significant barrier”. Among non-approved requests, even that he saw beside the economic benefit, the preparation of a "housing dowry"To be used as future renting support. "We were hoping for a bit 'of foresight – says Cortese -, in the sense that if a homeless person, with virtual or fictional residence, requires the DRC also has the opportunity to receive some sort of fee to be used for a future home, precisely to facilitate housing rehabilitation. Unfortunately, these guidelines have not been transposed”.

There is also some positive data, explains Cortese. “Many of the instances of the Alliance against poverty have been transposed and we are pleased – He adds the head of the Observatory on the serious marginalization -: in particular there is an opening towards the monitoring and evaluation, but we are also pleased that the fund poverty, for the part relating to the homeless, remained in the territories availability”. The reform measures to combat absolute poverty, In fact, He has saved the resources allocated by the Government spent just for the homeless. This is 20 million a year drawn from the Fund's Poverty that go to fund the services on territories. "They are public funds that are distributed to the regions and metropolitan cities with a high number of homeless people – explains Cortese -. They are used for services, accompanying measures and inclusion strategies. So they go to enhance existing services ". To these are added also 50 million from the notice Pon Inclusion and Fead. Resources that are used to finance projects that will be completed by 2019. “These resources have been a breath of fresh air for services – he adds Cortese -. Resources that have given way to the territories to take action to schedule night shelter services, housing projects and accompanying measures to the work inclusion for those who are activated ".

Resources, However, "Insufficient to solve the problem", explains Cortese. "We are saddened because it is a piece of very fragile and small population, so you can do something. We are talking about a population among 50 and 60 thousand people. You could do a little 'more'. The hope, though, as is often said is the last to die and FIO.psd still hope that the government come a focus on the homeless signal. “We ask not to leave out these people – he adds Cortese -, They should be the first to be included in this measure. We found that the homeless person if it receives the material supports, cheap, housing and a specific social support, made by social services and skilled team, unable even more to spell out his obligations as a citizen, but we must enable them to be new citizens”. (ga)