FEBRUARY 29 2012 23:57h

Where have homeless people gone?

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There was a fire about three months ago in the Home for children and young people Alojzije Stepinac in Jurisiceva street at number 6. The hard life of homeless people who lived there for two years without electricity and water was revealed because of this event.

Ten tenants are gone

Ten days after this event all the homeless disappeared and the institutions in charge don’t know where they are. When we asked about 38-year-old veteran Djuro Ljubic and his unemployed wife and four children who lived in Jurisiceva street as well as Zorica Babic (78), Mile and Alma Husenbasic and their two children and at least seven more tenants, there was no answer, only silence.

The secretary of the Croatian Catholic Association Ivan Narancic doesn’t answer the phone, and his subordinates even don’t dare to give him the message. We have been searching for the homeless at the police as well as in Caritas of Zagreb Diocese, the city office for social care and the protection of disabled people.

Caritas didn’t know about the fire

- Caritas has found out about the fire through the media and it was the only information we got. We have no competence for the people who stayed there – Jelena Loncar, the head of Caritas, said. The homeless stated that they often got help through this charity organization. The part of them came to Jurisiceva street for temporary accommodation through this organization as well.

The similar answer was received by the City office for social care, which also pointed out that they don’t know where the homeless people are.

Similar to the silence from institutions in charge, the empty rooms of Jurisiceva 6 also remained silent. The walls are dirty and the traces of smoke remind of the recent fire. It seems that no one ever lived there. And these people did, without water and electricity in the very centre of the city of Zagreb.