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article imageReport: 15,000 Homeless in Argentine Capital

By Jerry Nelson     Jul 6, 2013 in World
Buenos Aires - The streets of Buenos Aires can be cold, lonely and dangerous for the men, women and children that have to find a safe corner to sleep in each night.
Every night more than 15,000 people call the streets of Buenos Aires home.
Despite promises by Argentine President Cristina Kirchner’s administration, the streets are filling up with more and more displaced persons.
According to a study taken by Medicins du Monde (Doctors of the World), 4,500 of the homeless are children and 2,000 are elderly.
“In the city there is room for 1,700 in state shelters, where people begin to line up every afternoon to sleep there overnight and leave at 7 in the morning. There’s not enough room to accomodate” all the homeless citizens, Proyecto Sur’s Laura Garcia Tuñon said.
The numbers in the report come from a draft ordinance that calls for “the restitution of the rights of housing, health, education, and services essential for the betterment and personal identity” of Buenos Aires residents.
Garcia Tuñon also said that approximately 30,000 residents were evicted from their houses and apartments last year and that the city Social Development Department has only spend 2 percent of it’s annual budget on social services as of March 2013.
Poverty in Argentina’s urban population stood at 13.2 percent during the second half of 2009, the equivalent of 692,000 households or more than 3 million people, according to the national statistics office.
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