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Warsaw to host Poland's first gay shelter?

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 08.07.2014 11:58
Plans have been put forward to create a shelter in Warsaw for struggling members of Poland's LGBT community.

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The venture, which has precedents across Europe, would be funded by EEA Grants and Norway Grants under the umbrella of the 'Citizens for Democracy' programme.

The centre would offer free accommodation for up to 250 people, and meals would also be provided free of charge. A social worker would be employed to help new arrivals find work, and the building would be under 24-hour surveillance as a protective measure.

According to Yga Kostrzewa from the Warsaw-based Lambda Association, which provides support to members of the LGBT community, many young Polish people are compelled to leave home owing to conflict sparked by their sexuality.

“We very often get calls on our helpline from people who have nowhere to go,” Kostrzewa told the TVN24 news channel.

“So there is a very big need for such a centre,” she added.

It has been estimated that it would cost 350,000 zloty (84,550 euro) to set up the shelter. (nh)

Source: Rzeczpospolita, TVN

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