Lisbon closes two homeless shelters, in spite of “very serious” homeless problem in city

Lisbon mayor Carlos Moedas has announced the closure of two of the capital’s shelters for the homeless, due to their ‘lack of proper conditions’. Rough sleepers using the shelters will continue to be accompanied, and taken in elsewhere, he has said – stressing that the problem of homeless people in the city has become “very serious”. For 2022, the new mayor is planning to change the way the homeless are helped, adopting a “more Nordic approach”, involving the use of “smaller solutions”. The nuts and bolts of his new policy will come more clear in the New Year.