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Moscow Seeks to Ease Life for Homeless (Video)

Reports this week about a movie museum and hair salon opening for homeless people in Moscow lifted eyebrows, with some discerning to say that the priority should be to provide preserve for the city’s legions of homeless.

But internal charities and city officials contend assisting homeless people is not customarily about providing food, preserve and medical care.

“For many people there’s zero special about going to a film or a hairdresser. But for those who have spent a year on the streets it helps them to remember that they’re human, that there is many some-more in this universe than customarily ethanol or drugs,” Andrei Besshtanko, emissary conduct of City Hall’s dialect of social security, told The Moscow Times on Wednesday.

There are tens of thousands of homeless people in Moscow, and the series grows each year, pronounced Besshtanko.

That figure, however, customarily takes into account those who use the services of Moscow’s core for social rehabilitation — the main metropolitan trickery in Lyublino in southeastern Moscow where homeless people can spend the night and get several kinds of assistance — and its 9 branches around the city, he said.

“In 2013 there were 13,000 [homeless people], in 2014 there were 17,000. This year, as of July 1, 9,000 homeless people [had already finished use of the center],” he said. “But in reality, according to our estimates, there are at least twice as many homeless people in the city,” pronounced Besshtanko.

For those tens of thousands of homeless people, the 10 metropolitan shelters offer a total of 1,500 beds.

The shelters yield the homeless with a place to sleep, food, initial aid, assistance with receiving ID and return ride for those who came to Moscow from other regions.

But not everybody yet a roof over their conduct can rest on a bed at the shelters. People who spin adult with a rash or heat will be incited away, along with those who have been diagnosed with foul diseases such as tuberculosis, venereal diseases, skin and hair infections. During the summer, the facilities also spin divided people who are underneath the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Nourishment for the Soul

Now the city’s homeless charities are branching out from the simple thought of preventing homeless people from starving or frozen to death.

A movie museum for the homeless had the initial screening over the weekend in a tent nearby Yaroslavsky Station that customarily functions as an aid post for homeless people.

The popular 1965 Soviet comedy “Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures” captivated dozens of people. Before the show, all the spectators were given a hot meal, tea and fresh watermelon for dessert.

Photographs of the eventuality published by the Komsomolskaya Pravda journal on Monday showed group and women of all ages shouting exuberantly as they watched the slapstick classic.

“We do the best to treat the homeless as friends, not as objects to be fed and washed,” Natalya Markova, plan coordinator of the gift Druzya na Ulitse (Friends on the Street) that helped set adult the event, told The Moscow Times on Tuesday. “Their lives are tough adequate as they are, and with projects like this we try to cheer them up,” she said.

Organizing film screenings, makeshift beauty salons and Saturday football matches doesn’t meant that charities don’t cruise giving the homeless food or a place to sleep reduction important, Markova said. “It’s customarily that they need to identify as unchanging people, not as outcasts,” she said.

Druzya na Ulitse, that consists exclusively of volunteers, has been holding events like this given 2007, Markova told The Moscow Times. The movie screening was orderly together with Sotsialny Patrul (Social Patrol), a service supposing by City Hall in which minibuses expostulate around the city and offer assistance to the homeless right there on the streets, such as permitting them to warm adult in the bus, providing medical caring and taking those who wish to go to the metropolitan shelters.

An improvised hair salon set adult in the same army tent nearby Yaroslavsky Station right before the movie museum premiere was a resounding success and inspired the volunteers to go forward with the movie museum idea, pronounced Markova. The screening went down good too, and Soviet cinema will be shown there once a month from now on, she said.

“I didn’t know about it, yet if there’s another show, I’ll unequivocally go. It would be good to watch a good aged Soviet movie,” Alexander, a homeless prime male who declined to give his final name, told The Moscow Times on Tuesday.

A homeless lady removing her hair finished within the Angar Spaseniya trickery in central Moscow on Tuesday.

Hot Food and a Haircut

Alexander was watchful for another army tent for the homeless famous as Angar Spaseniya (Rescue Hangar) to open on Nikoloyamskaya Ulitsa in central Moscow.

The facility, run by Miloserdiye (Mercy), an Orthodox Church use that supports people in need, offers homeless people a place to eat, take a shower, get purify garments and free medical caring and rest in a comfortable tent for a few hours.

Now Miloserdiye skeleton to open a hair salon for the city’s homeless population.

Angar Spaseniya already provides some barbershop and hairstyling services: Several volunteers with the requisite skills use an average of 10 clients a day giveaway of charge.

But the facilities are basic. The tent lacks specialized equipment, such as mirrors, haircutting scissors, apparatus to sterilize the instruments and specialized chairs. To buy these, Miloserdiye skeleton to fundraise some 80,000 rubles ($1,500) and launch the service within a month.

Angar Spaseniya is one of the singular places in Moscow homeless people can come to and get the assistance they need regardless of whether they have any ID or not, where they’re creatively from and how solemn they are. Under Russian bureaucracy, people yet any ID or explanation that they are purebred at a Moscow residence have problem in getting entrance to even the most simple services.

“We accept everybody and help those who don’t have any ID to obtain them,” Miloserdiye mouthpiece Yulia Lapteva told The Moscow Times on Tuesday during a tour of the facility.

“When a homeless chairman comes to us for the initial time, we speak to him or her, take down their information and then examine in order to find kin they could stay with. Those who have a home outward of Moscow we assistance to get there,” she said.

“We come here mostly to grab something to eat, take a shower, get some purify garments and recharge the cellphones. It’s good a place like this exists in Moscow, there are unequivocally few of them,” pronounced Alexander, the man who was watchful for the trickery to open.

His younger friend, an ex-convict who also identified himself customarily as Alexander, agreed. “People here are unequivocally helpful. They’re assisting me to get new papers now,” he added.

Both of them pronounced they didn’t unequivocally like the municipal core in Lyublino, even yet they can stay overnight there. “They keep the pillows and the mattresses wrapped in cellophane and don’t purify adult after others, so we have to sleep on the unwashed cellophane,” the older Alexander told The Moscow Times.

At noon on Tuesday the tent was full. People were sitting on plastic chairs watchful for a prohibited meal — many of them sleeping, some reading newspapers and some pity stories about their struggles on the streets.

Dmitry Belykh, a volunteer operative at the facility, pronounced Angar Spaseniya can accommodate adult to 50-70 people. “Most of the homeless people come at about 10:30 in the morning, half an hour after we open, and stay compartment 4 p.m., when we start cleaning all up,” he said.

Psychological Trauma

“There are 3 stages of serious mishap a homeless chairman undergoes,” pronounced Belykh. “The initial is when they get into a conditions that formula in them carrying no place to live, the second one is when they comprehend they have strike stone bottom and are homeless, and the third is when they try to get behind to normal,” Belykh explained.

Projects like the movie museum and hair salon assistance them work by these stages of trauma, he said.

“Can we suppose what it’s like to realize that you’re fundamentally a bum?” Markova of Druzya na Ulitse added. “Most of them are ashamed of themselves, and the infrastructure in Moscow they can use customarily adds insult to injury. For example, there are unequivocally few places where the homeless can simply take a shower. They can bear ‘sanitization’ [at specialized centers where they are cleared with chemicals] yet that’s a totally degrading procedure,” she said.

City central Besshtanko pronounced summer is the hardest time to encourage the homeless to seek help, and that many comforts are especially used in the winter.

“Those who have spent a year vital on the streets customarily feel at home underneath the trees during the summertime, and it’s harder for us to help them — they miss motivation,” the official said, adding that a year of being homeless is customarily a point of no lapse for most people, after that they are expected to give adult and resign themselves to a life on the streets.

One of the many critical things City Hall can do for the homeless, Besshtanko said, is to get them a job.

“Last year we started organizing specialized pursuit fairs for the homeless. At first there were one or dual employers interested, yet there’s been poignant swell given then,” he said. “For example, around 30 employees of the core in Lyublino are former homeless people,” he added.

Authorities also work closely with the charitable organizations on the apparent issue: food for the homeless.

“This year, in collaboration with the non-commercial organizations, we set adult a facility nearby the three categorical railway stations in the Krasnoselsky district where homeless people can get a meal,” Besshtanko told The Moscow Times. “It has all the necessary apparatus and is located in a place where many of the city’s homeless gather,” he added.

Both charities and officials acknowledge there’s still many to be finished for the city’s homeless people.

“Homeless people are not the most renouned difficulty people like to help, distinct children or animals. Nevertheless, some-more and more people respond to our pledges, and it amazes me,” pronounced Markova.

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Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/526040.html