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Social dimension of crisis demands "effective response" in housing

22 Mar · 16h10

Porto, Portugal

The Portuguese Minister of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers stressed that in order to respond to the social dimension of the crisis, we need "an effective response" in housing, an area that has long been waiting for an "integrated response".

 

"We all know that there has not been an integrated response in this area for many years. It is impossible to respond to the social dimensions without an effective response in the housing area", Mariana Vieira da Silva said at the opening of a video conference on the Action Plan for the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 

According to the Minister, the "most innovative part" of the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) will be "the response in the housing area" and she therefore highlighted the "importance of the support programme for access to housing", with EUR 1.251 billion "earmarked for putting an end to unfit housing in the coming years and finding a solution for 26,000 families".

 

In terms of the social responses of the RRP, Mariana Vieira da Silva emphasised, on the one hand, the requalification of "existing" social responses and, on the other, the setup of multidisciplinary intervention teams "all over the country" to organise the response "to the most vulnerable in their different dimensions of vulnerability".

“ This is why we have included specific responses for certain kinds of poverty, particularly the poverty seen in metropolitan areas and that has proved more difficult to deal with, because it brings together multiple vulnerabilities that end up exacerbating each other and limiting the impact of programmes to fight poverty. ”

Mariana Vieira da Silva, Portuguese Minister of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers

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