Benidorm will contribute 95,000 euros to parishes to care for people in vulnerable situations
This measure is added to the direct aid to families launched for 2021 and which are already in the resolution phase
Benidorm City Council is going to deliver 95,000 euros to six parishes of the city for the development of their care programs for people in vulnerable situations, "reinforcing the work of delivering food to families affected by the effects of the pandemic", has informed the mayor, Toni Pérez. Thus, the parish of Sant Jaume i Santa Ana will receive 20,000 euros, while the churches of Nuestra Señora del Mar, El Buen Pastor, Nuestra Señora de La Almudena, San Juan Bautista and Nuestra Señora del Carmen will receive 15,000 euros each.
The mayor has indicated that "with the signing of agreements with these parishes we are following the line of action that we undertook last year, in which 188,500 euros were delivered to social entities that collaborate in the distribution of food from the Food Bank." The first contribution to the city's parishes “was made during the initial weeks of the pandemic, in the state of alarm; while the second, in which other social entities also participated, was at the beginning of December ”.
"At this time - he has deepened - this need for help and attention persists, since the lack of tourist activity linked to the closure of shops and businesses has caused situations of social and economic vulnerability to continue and even in many cases have been made worse".
“Hence, while waiting for other administrations to help the population and the productive fabric, the City Council continues with the necessary economic resources so that hope can reach homes and to contribute together to overcome this times of great difficulty ”, he stressed. To this end, “actions such as direct aid launched in 2021 to assist families, for which 2.5 million euros have been initially mobilized and which have already begun to be solved, will continue to be promoted; or supporting the work of social entities through agreements such as the ones that we will sign with the parishes in the coming days ”.
The mayor has remarked that this contribution of 95,000 euros to the parishes "will allow to expand the radius of attention to people who are in a situation of vulnerability and who are, therefore, those who are suffering the most from the effects of this health, social and economic crisis. ” With this contribution, "the parishes will acquire fresh products and basic and hygiene needs are met, thus complementing the action and attention to these people carried out by the Department of Social Welfare through various programs of aid, some of an ordinary nature and others launched to meet urgent needs derived from the pandemic ”.
Specifically, last year, the Department delivered food vouchers for the acquisition of fresh products and / or 1st necessity in supermarkets in the city for a total amount of 100,000 euros; allocated 250,000 euros to PEI’s (Individual Economic Benefits) for Covid; and during the lock down invested 15,000 euros in the food delivery service for people at risk. In addition, during the hardest period of the lock down, the Department set up a shelter for the homeless to which 80,000 euros were allocated.