Tel Aviv Opens Shelter for the Homeless

By Hamodia Staff

YERUSHALAYIM – The Tel Aviv municipality has opened a new shelter for the city’s many homeless people where they can find a safe and clean place to sleep and eat and obtain referrals for medical problems.

In Tel Aviv-Yafo, about 1,100 people live on the streets and are aided by the municipality’s social services administration. In addition, about 90 more dwell on the street without receiving any form of aid from the municipality due to reasons beyond its control.

The facility, called Ha’Gagon (“The Roof”) “will be a spacious, safe, reliable, respectable and respectful shelter that will provide the residents with bedding, food, shower, laundry services, lockers for storing belongings and medical treatment referrals,” the city said in a statement on Thursday to announce the opening.

The new shelter is located on Elizabeth Berger Street, where a daycare for parents without housing stood for many years. About three years ago, the municipality decided to demolish the daycare center and build an expanded and improved shelter in its place, spread over 3 floors.

Ha’Gagon has 19 sleeping rooms that can accommodate up to 144 tenants, including rooms suitable for people with disabilities. At present, the shelter is designed to accommodate only males. Every 2 rooms has a shower room and toilet. The building has a kitchen and a dining room that holds up to 60 diners, terraces for meetings and activities, as well as 2 workshop rooms where the residents can play board games or cards, or read books while enjoying a direct view of the sea. A social worker from the municipality will be staying in the shelter and offer treatment to those in need. Residents of the shelter can enter every day from 3:00 PM onwards until 9:00 AM the following day. Each incoming resident receives a bed, sheets, a towel and a locked drawer for his belongings.

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