Núcleo de apoio local
: uma resposta inovadora para a pessoa em situação de sem-abrigo

  • Ana Filipa Correia Belchior (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The reality of homeless people corresponds to a complex set of problems such as homelessness, unemployment, family, health and social vulnerabilities, economic difficulties , or addiction problems . It is difficult to bluntly point out what are the causes and consequences of this harsh form of social exclusion and poverty. In Portugal, in 2009, the process of construction of a National Strategy for the person in a homelessness situation led to the conclusion that there is a poor response to this problem, resulting from a lack of coordination between on the field interventions. For many years, the distribution of food and clothing was the most common form of approach, referring to a paternalistic and non- systematic logic of intervention. The National Strategy for Homeless People highlights the need of creating responses targeted to the inclusion and empowerment of the homeless, based on assessment which considers existing skills , abilities and also needs of people and adopts participatory strategies and requalification of services In this line, a geographically-based approach has been being considered, with a dignifying functioning for people and for the institution, which promotes the improvement of living conditions, avoids the maintenance of situations and prevents the emergence of new dependencies. It has to do with promoting a model of intervention centered on the individual, family and community, in which it is appointed to each homeless person a reference professional (or case manager) who will undertake an integrated monitoring of his/her situation. To this end, the Center for Local Support was created as a place with good hygiene and safety conditions are ensured and where teams of food distribution can provide meals. Moreover, in addition to food distribution, this facility should also be used for the interchange between users and institutions that promote citizenship and respect for dignity.
Date of Award26 Feb 2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria Inês Martinho Antunes Amaro (Supervisor)


  • Homeless person
  • Center for Local Support
  • Social exclusion
  • Citizenship


  • Mestrado em Serviço Social

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