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Chile to increase winter shelters for homeless

06-01-2011 10:30 BJT

SANTIAGO, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Chile's National Health Fund and the nongovernmental organization Hogar de Cristo (HC) signed an agreement Tuesday to open more winter shelters in the country from June to August.

The agreement, which has been signed for six consecutive years, will provide accommodation for hundreds of homeless.

Under the agreement, 200 more places will be designated for shelters in central stations nationwide, where the homeless can get accommodation, food, clothes, and enjoy personal hygiene services.

Meanwhile, Fernando Echeverria, governor of the Santiago metropolitan region, said that the government is working to formulate a successful winter plan.

The move is part of the metropolitan government's Dignified Night program, which will provide shelter for up to 20,000 homeless.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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