LIKE all local towns, Calpe has provided shelter for the homeless during the recent low temperatures and stormy weather.
Beds were installed in the Aula Pedro Pastor cultural centre, but after three days Calpe Town Hall attached strings to the offer of accommodation.
“In order to continue receiving help, those using the shelter should maintain a minimum level of hygiene,” a communiqué announced.
It was ‘essential’ to make the proviso that they should shower and put on clean clothing, town hall sources said. Shower facilities were available at the Aula and Caritas supplied more clothes, they explained.
Eight people were sleeping at the shelter as the bad weather continued. A ninth person who preferred to leave after eating there the first night was given a kit consisting of a sleeping bag, mat, hat, scarf and gloves.
An ambulance is on hand and volunteers are present at the Aula 24 hours a day. They serve hot food, drinking chocolate, rolls and soup provided by Caritas, the Red Cross and the town hall’s Social Services department.