The Amsterdam College of Mayor and Alderpersons made the decision on Wednesday, 18 March 2020. All of the 75 homeless are among the group of people who have no valid residence permits. They are mainly male, unsuccessful asylum seekers aged between 20 and 60 years old. They are being supported by volunteers from the Red Cross, assisted by experienced staff from the Salvation Army and the charity HVO-Querido.
Daytime accommodation elsewhere
The Sporthallen Zuid sports complex, in the north-west of Zuidas, is currently being prepared to receive the homeless people. Two rooms are being set up and the centre will open daily at 16.30, closing at 09.30. No accommodation will be provided here during the day when users will go to alternative daytime accommodation elsewhere in the city. There will be additional surveillance and law enforcement in the area. Provisionally, the plan is to use Sporthallen Zuid for this purpose until 6 April 2020.