The Homeless Street Team of the Associação Protectora dos Pobres was created on January 5, 2016, with the objective of establishing a trusting relationship with homeless people, aiming to improve conditions of life of this population in order to be able to refer them and accompany them according to the needs they present, thus promoting their social, family, housing and professional integration.
What we do
Social intervention is carried out in the municipality of Funchal, through the psychosocial monitoring of the homeless population. The team takes part in the different situations: emergency, motivation, referral and social reintegration.
To whom it is intended
Homeless population of the Municipality of Funchal.
• Create a trust that will motivate homeless people to change their lives;
• Improve the living conditions of homeless people by referring them to the different areas, according to the needs they present, in internal and external services to the institution (Administration, Showers, Laundry, Canteen, Clothes, Office of Social Support, Consultation and Nursing and Psychology Follow-up);
• Provide psychosocial support to prevent regression / relapse;
• Motivate for social insertion.
Intervention by the Street Team for Homeless People:
Application of questionnaires to APP users in order to know their reality, to better intervene with the homeless population.
Outside trips, which consist in the implementation of routes adjusted to the places of stay of people who are homeless and whose purpose is to create a closer relationship between the street and the APP, promoting the use of existing services in the institution and thus boosting their reintegration into society. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the team is accompanied by a nurse from the Health House S. João de Deus. After each exit, a record is made of the users sighted or approached and observations that indicate the intervention performed.
Social Assistance for the user, whose main objective, in a first evaluation interview, is to make the social diagnosis of the problem situation and its respective screening; establish the priority; evaluating from the point of view of its implications; and, finally, to elaborate the individual plan of social integration. In a second phase, the social assistance is based on the social monitoring of the user, redefining and adjusting the intervention plan. These services are previously planned according to the intervention phase, in order to allow an efficient collection of information.