Santiago announces a new “comprehensive” social assistance program with more than 1.5 million euros
The City of Santiago has presented on Thursday a new “comprehensive” program of social assistance for people at risk of exclusion that is endowed with just over 1.5 million euros and which is expected to benefit more than a thousand people and collaborate with social entities of the city in the integration.
The mayor, Agustín Hernández, and the councilor of Social Services, Maria Corral, presented on Thursday the program ‘Santiago Suma’ of social inclusion, whose draft will immediately transfer to legal advice and opposition groups with the intention of to approve it in the ordinary plenary session in March and to be operational in the month of June.
This program, explained Hernández, constitutes a “new integral strategy” of “the most disadvantaged groups” in the city, which presents “novel and constructive proposals” to overcome this situation and respond to the consequences of “the crisis”.
In addition to a “boost” to social aid, which are diversified and can be added, this program will avoid becoming a “subsidy”, linking the perception of benefits to “a personalized social inclusion itinerary” that will be developed from social services from the town hall for each beneficiary in the areas where they most need it – work, family or social.
The program is based on four axes. The first of these is the Solidarity Income, a periodical benefit to which the city council will allocate 600,000 euros to cover the “most basic” needs of families. Likewise, half a million euros will go towards aid for risk situations and prevention and social insertion aids, benefits linked to specific elements that may or may not be combined with the perception of income.
Finally, the consistory will allocate more than 400,000 euros to agreements with social entities for the development of social insertion programs and work with different groups.
The compostelanos who face economic difficulties will be able to request to the city council a periodic economic aid for the coverage of basic needs, that will oscillate between the 399.38 euros monthly for the cases of a single person and 718.88 for family units of 7 or more members in those that live minor.
The beneficiaries must have an income below the limits established by the Xunta to obtain the Risga and, in fact, the benefit will cover up to the maximum limit for the request of this benefit.
The intention of the municipality is to cover the income of these families up to the maximum limit of resources necessary to request the Risga with the idea that they can claim it if they are entitled to it.
In order to obtain municipal assistance, unlike La Risga, it will not be necessary to belong to any group at risk of exclusion in particular and may be compatible with obtaining other income provided that the minimum is not reached. Obtaining the solidarity income will be annulled if a Social Integration Income is granted.
In addition, the Solidarity Income may be supplemented by an aid of 133.13 euros per month for the payment of expenses derived from accommodation, both in the case of a rental and a mortgage.
Situations of social risk
Citizens of Santiago may also request assistance to face “situations of social risk”, related to specific payments.
These include support for maintenance, similar to the current Support Measures for Prevention and Social Integration, but which extend the possibility of obtaining it up to 12 months per year and take into account the number of family members. The maximum amount in this index will vary between 324 and 454 euros.
Likewise, the city council will also collaborate to the payment of the accommodation – rent, mortgage or pension – for a maximum of six months out of a total of 12 – and a maximum of 194 euros – and the bond of the contract of a new home – maximum of 324 euros -. In addition, aid may be requested to pay debts of supplies -gas and light-, registration of new contracts, debts with the community of neighbors or monthly installments of mortgage or rent not paid. The maximum amounts of these last aids range between 291 euros and 972 euros, depending on the purpose.
Among the subsidies for situations of social risk are also subsidies for the acquisition of basic housing equipment, technical aids for the promotion of personal autonomy and aid for situations of extreme gravity, all of them with a maximum of 648 euros.
To conclude, the council will grant prevention and social insertion aid, which will pay up to 64.86 euros per month for social insertion activities that prevent isolation in the child-youth collective; and school canteen, with a maximum of 77.83 euros per month.
The obtaining of these aids will be linked to the follow-up of an “active inclusion itinerary”, a set of personalized actions that will seek to improve the personal, family, social and work integration of the beneficiary.
For this, the city council will process the hiring of three people who will join the social services team of Compostela and will be dedicated exclusively to this task.
To conclude, María Corral has highlighted the establishment of agreements with social entities for the development of programs that enhance family stability, give leisure alternatives to young people at risk of exclusion, promote the autonomy of dependent or disabled people, assist older people already ‘homeless’ or work on the coverage of basic needs.
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