Accommodation Center for Homeless People (Residential Center)

The shelter of the Timişoara 89 Foundation is a social center for people in crisis. This residential center has the role of providing accommodation for people who are in a situation of failure in the street because they have lost their home (people with inexperienced income, adults coming from orphanages, old people with small pensions, people with physical disabilities and / and psychics that can no longer be maintained or who have lost their family). The Center offers temporary or long-term support (as needed) and those who can recover by finding a job and gaining during the stay a financial need that will allow them to start their own resources in an independent way of existence.

The shelter provides hosting services (as long as it is needed), care, information, counseling and mediation over a specified period, with the possibility of prolongation depending on the severity of the case for a number of 45 to 56 beneficiaries.

Being a permanent assistance service has the following objectives: Provides hosting services to people in situations of social crisis or with urgent social needs 24 hours a day, facilitates obtaining information about the existing social resources, both those in administration and in the the sphere of other institutions or associations. Provides comprehensive social assistance to soliciting persons.

Location: The Social Complex of the Foundation (Accommodation Center, etc.) is located in Timisoara, Str. Martir Gogu Opre nr. 24. The accredited capacity of the shelter at the end of 2018 was 45 accommodation places.

The social complex consists of building bodies with bedrooms, social groups, polyvalent room counseling desk (dining room, exhibitions, conferences, video projections), outdoor space arranged for summer meals, administrative areas, kitchen, offices for food preparation and storage, indoor park, vegetable garden, etc.

Target group (beneficiaries) People in failure to lose their home: they are unable to receive or pay rent for a dwelling; requires emergency shelter until the social situation (persons evacuated or at risk of being evacuated, persons or families requesting housing from the state housing stock, persons who for various reasons have lost their home and do not have the material resources needed to secure a nor are they the beneficiaries of other social services providing accommodation, people abandoned in hospitals for a long time or in convalescence (victims of accidents that have suffered trauma, surgery or paralysis, incurable patients who urgently need shelter and basic living conditions) to leave hospitals after the expiration of the legal term of stay (three days).

Beneficiaries are identified by hospital social assistants with whom the foundation has a partnership contract, selected by the social worker and the psychologist of the foundation for crisis social cases that appeal directly to support or are recommended by other institutions.

We specify that, except in crisis situations due to medical or other health problems that may endanger health and the next period of integration, the shelter only accommodates homeless people selected from the perspective of their ability to self-administer after receiving a transitional allowance . In accordance with medical classification, homeless people have access to a social situation of acute crisis and less in the “chronically” social state, by this latter category understanding alcoholics with a long past to live in the streets, vagabonds and relatives with a low chance of recovery , aggressive psychic illnesses. Among the ineligible cases that daily assaults our services are people who, while having a home, are asking for money, jobs, food, etc. They are counseled by the Foundation’s specialized staff and guided to the institutions or services where their requests could be resolved.

Although the Foundation’s work began in January 1990, specialization as a Social Emergency Service was inaugurated in December 1997. The Foundation’s program was originally designed to operate between 8-14 hours, 5 days a week. Later, the program runs throughout the 24 hours. (Although for 17 years the foundation benefited from the guards competition put into the device by partnership with the City Hall of Timisoara, in 2014 this device was withdrawn by the mayoralty and is currently being supplemented by the volunteering of some beneficiaries of the foundation). The development prospects of the foundation’s services are, as in any NGO’s situation, dependent on the funds that will support social programs in the future, the maintenance of convoys with the city hall and the financial involvement of sponsors and donors.

Staff serving the Timişoara Foundation ’89:

  1. Coordinator – Volunteer (Founding President) – Permanent
  2. Administrator-program 8 hours
  3. Social workers – program 8 hours
  4. Psychologist – program 8 hours
  5. Social worker-program 8 hours
  6. Accountant – program 8 hours
  7. Caregiver – program 8 hours
  8. Nurse – program 8 hours
  9. Volunteers (variable and sporadic)


Funding for the functioning of the social complex concerns primarily staff salaries and maintenance (heating and hot water consumption, electricity, telephone, fuel and maintenance for the intervention and supply machine), the purchase of sanitary and hygienic materials, small expenses related to repairs and maintenance of the headquarters. These expenditures are largely covered by Timisoara City Hall (through the partnership agreement); by Swedish organization U-ASSIST (S.A.S. Stockholm), by companies and /or project funding from Rotary and Lions clubs in Timisoara, donations from private individuals.