500 mothers and children in distress abandoned

The Metropolitan City of Milan has so far lost 509 seats in the family homes welcoming mothers and children: About twenty executives have waived the agreement with the municipality, assessing that the new fees are too low. Fanpage.it visited one of these family homes and talked to those who work there, and then asked for explanations directly to the Councilor for Welfare Lamberto Bertolé.

The room in a family house in the Milanes area

The exact address, to say the navigator, they give it with a thousand warnings: it must remain secret. Top secret. For even before it is a home, it is refuge for mothers and children who had to leave their homes. Or that they have never had it. It is often women who are victims of violence (and therefore for minors who have witnessed violence), but not only: the common thread is hoping to rebuild a life.

A window open day after day by hundreds of operators, trainers and educators working in contact with the fragility of communities and sheltered and semi-sheltered housing. But things could change.

Straight lines

“The latest agreement with the municipality – explains to Fanpage.it Marta Battioni, from Milan Third Sector Forum – is dated 2019 and expires June 30, 2022. In recent months there has been a executive order to the new, but 20 executive agencies have decided not to confirm their availabilityThe reason is soon said: “The daily fees from the municipality have fallen and it is impossible for the cooperatives to bear the cost of the services required by Lombardy standards “.

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Specifically, Paola Guaglione, of the CNCA Group, explains among the realities that have escaped: “For semi-autonomous housing, the daily rates, which refer to the single woman-child core, have been lowered by 5 euros and those for the self-employed housing even 15. “. Figures that seem insignificant, but multiplied by 356 days a year and by hundreds of kernels make a huge difference. Above all – adds Guaglione – consideringrising cost of living and the energy crisis“.

An emotional work

But what do you do in a nursing home? We asked Daria Cappelletti, a teacher in one of these structures: “Getting into a family home means, first and foremost, having to deal with people and life, generally in extremely fragile conditions. The work is undoubtedly practical and organizational in supporting them in all their daily needs, but it is above all emotional because you need to motivate them to believe in their own resources and activate them“.

Usually successful: “We have women who arrive totally marginalized, perhaps without knowing the language at all, and psychologically tested – says Cappelletti – but within months or years they manage to find their way, become autonomous and raise their children”.

That is what the welfare councilor answers

The situation that has arisen puts not only people who are already fragile in difficulty, but also those who help them. At this point, the clarifications ofCouncilor for Welfare in the Municipality of Milan, Lamberto Bertolé: “We actually increased the resources for the communities by 10 million, but we focused mainly on them only for minors who were most in need. In these, we increased education, and in order to do so, we had to cut back on independent and semi-autonomous housing for adults and minors and minors, many of whom offered services above regional standards, in fact quite limited “.

So is it Lombardy that sets too low standards? “Not enough of that – Bertolé replies – the fact is that Municipalities cannot stand alone in this administration, the state and the regions must intervene and provide more resources for social benefits ”. And now? “I hope to find a solution that everyone agrees on – Bertolé concludes -: we sit down at the table and, based on the agreed tariffs, we can find a way to integrate them into additional services”.

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