Share article:
Share article:

Charles Picqué manages the Homeless in Midi station

©Belga
©Belga

At the request of the Saint-Gilles mayor Charles Picqué, the homeless that had been settled in the rue Couverte, near the Midi station, since last weekend were given proper shelter on Tuesday afternoon. Nearly 40 people were taken in by a support structure set up for the winter by the Social Emergency Assistance Service (Samu,) in Schaerbeek. A coordination meeting was organized between the different parties concerned. The communal services, CPAS, STIB, SNCB as well as local and federal police were present. “Local authorities cannot manage this type of situation alone, as it requires working with other authorities. Even more so around big infrastructures such as stations”, says Charles Picqué.

To protect these people from the current cold snap, the communal services went to the rue Couverte on Tuesday afternoon, and guided the homeless towards the emergency structures. They were offered shelter for the winter. Their few personal effects were stored in a building made available by the SNCB.

(Source: Belga)

Latest news

Flanders introduces ‘invisible’ speed cameras
New digital speed cameras that are essentially invisible to the road user are being introduced on various roads and motorways in Flanders, Flemish ...
Warnings issued for slippery roads across Belgium
Drivers have been asked to watch out for slippery roads from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening, as snow and cold temperatures are expected ...
Testing rules following high-risk contact eased for vaccinated people
The coronavirus testing policy following a high-risk contact has been eased, meaning a vaccinated person who was in contact with an infected person ...
New measures announced for Belgian schools
Stricter rules are being implemented across a variety of sectors in Belgium to curb the rising number of infections and limit the damage as a result ...
Majority of booster doses should be administered by March 2022
Invitations will be sent out in the following days for the general population in Belgium to receive a coronavirus booster vaccine, and most adults ...
Belgium adopts national plan to combat gender-based violence
Belgium has adopted a National Action plan for the Fight against Gender-Based Violence, which includes more than 200 measures and unites all levels ...
Antwerp cancels Christmas market and New Year’s Eve fireworks
The city of Antwerp has joined other cities including Leuven and Ghent by announcing it is cancelling this year's Christmas market, the end-of-year ...
Pharmaceutical companies looking into vaccines against new variant
Pharmaceutical companies have sprung into action to look into vaccine protection against the new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa, ...
Belgium imposes entry ban on travellers from southern Africa
Belgium is introducing an entry ban for travellers from several countries in the south of Africa following concerns about a new variant (B.1.1.529) ...
What Ursula did next
BRUSSELS BEHIND THE SCENES • Weekly analysis and untold stories
Nightclub closures, limiting contacts: These rules come into force today
Just over one week after its last meeting, Belgium's Consultative Committee on Friday once again announced a set of new measures to curb the rising ...
Almost 3,500 Covid-19 patients in hospitals as new cases continue to skyrocket
The number of new coronavirus cases in Belgium is continuing to rise, and with it the number of Covid-19 patients who are hospitalised as a result of ...