The project aims to support families living in Melzo (MI) and the surrounding area who are struggling economically and socially, particularly refugee families. The purpose is to provide them with accessibly-priced accomodation and psychological, economic and training support to help them integrate into the local community and become economically self-sufficient. These activities will be integrated with a communication plan to sensitize and inform the local community.
Melzo is a town of around 18,500 people, located east of Milan. In recent years the economic situation in the town has suffered significantly, with a dramatic increase in unemployment, combined with a huge influx of immigrants. This has led to a scarsity of jobs and affordable housing, meaning that many children are living in precarious conditions and have poor school attendance.
In order to ensure a proper support to the each family's special needs it is necessary to interview the families and identify with them appropriate strategies. The beneficiaries will be involved in any building or improvement work in the flats allocated to them and will be able to receive psychological counseling. The project also includes professional dresss-making training courses to the women, school support for children and a series of actions to raise awareness of the local population.
The families will become self sufficient and will achieve stability in terms of heir housing, work and income. Parents will increase their responsibility for the benfit of children and, recognizing the importance of education, they will contribute to an improvement in school attendance and academic results for the children. Foreign families will be more integrated into the society and the local community will be more aware of the problems of these newcomers.