Czech Green Party says current housing crisis involving Romani evictees makes previous ones seem humane by comparison
The leadership of the Green Party in the Ústecký Region of the Czech Republic is appealing to the leadership of the City of Ústí nad Labem to arrange crisis housing for the inhabitants of two residential hotels that are closing as of 30 June because as many as 230 people, 80 of them children, now living in the buildings in the city center and the Střekov quarter could end up living on the streets. "City Hall, through its decision to officially designate zones in the city where new arrivals will no longer be eligible for housing benefits, has triggered a wave of reactions," their press release reports.
"The city is under no circumstances prepared for these reactions, and the populist step they took a couple of months before the elections could come back to haunt them. Unfortunately, the victims may not just be political ones here, as the fate of several dozen senior citizens, invalids and children is being gambled with," the press release states.
"Compared to the duo of [Ústí nad Labem Vice Mayor] Madar and [Mayor] Nechybová, Mr Čunek's  decision to evict people beyond the imaginary city walls into container housing now seems like the decision of a socially sensitive human being," the press release comments. "The duo in Ústí has no such crisis option available," the Greens allege.
Petr Globočník, the regional chair of the party, commented that "The mayor is deflecting by claiming people are being provided with social work advice, but that is as if they were offering cooking classes in an area afflicted by famine." The leadership of the Greens in the Ústecký Region is appealing to the city leadership to arrange crisis accommodations for the inhabitants affected, to consider the option of temporarily assuming responsibility for managing the residential hotels, and to immediately build a system of phased-in social housing in the city.
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