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Basque institutions join forces to assist homeless youth

Basque institutions join forces to assist homeless youth

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 6, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.

Joint initiative in Euskadi seeks to improve the situation of young people without a family support network

The Basque Government, in close collaboration with the municipalities of Gasteiz, Bilbao and Donostia, has launched an ambitious project to face one of the most sensitive problems of our society: the situation of young people without a family support network. This group, particularly vulnerable after the pandemic, requires a specialized and coordinated approach to guarantee their effective social and labor inclusion.

Since the start of this project in May, we have taken a proactive approach, establishing a “common diagnosis and shared proposals” in line with the Euskarri Strategy and the Basque Strategy against Serious Residential Exclusion. This strategic alignment allows all institutions involved to act in a coherent and coordinated manner, maximizing existing resources and programs.

A strengthened support network for effective inclusion

The increase in young migrants without family references has pressured our cities and towns to respond more effectively. Collaboration between different levels of government and civil society is crucial to adapt and expand existing support infrastructures. The implementation of programs such as Trapezistak and the creation of initial reception alternatives are fundamental steps towards the decentralization of services, thus allowing more equitable access to inclusion opportunities.

Basque institutions join forces to assist homeless youth

The shared responsibility between town councils, provincial councils and the Basque Government has been a key factor in strengthening these resources. It is a commitment that goes beyond the simple provision of services, seeking to comprehensively transform the lives of these young people. The coordinated action reflects our determination to leave no young people behind, especially those who find themselves in highly vulnerable situations.

In my direct experience with these programs, I have seen the difference a strong support network can make. Young people not only need a place to live, but also guidance, training and employment opportunities that allow them to fully integrate into society. These efforts are vital to your personal and professional development, and for the benefit of our community as a whole.

This work is not only a challenge, but also an opportunity to demonstrate Euskadi's commitment to its most vulnerable citizens. It is a reflection of our vision of an inclusive society, where every individual has the opportunity to contribute and thrive.. In the coming months, we hope to see tangible results from these initiatives, reaffirming our commitment to social justice and equal opportunity.

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