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Progreso opens temporary homeless shelter, further clearing streets during outbreak

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The mayor of Progreso tours a new shelter established for the homeless. Photo: Courtesy

Progreso, Yucatan — A temporary shelter for people living on the streets was officially opened Thursday by Mayor Julián Zacarías Curi.

The hostel was established in an unused CENDI community center.

The facility is open to homeless people in Progreso and its satellite communities, including Chelem and Chuburná. It accommodates 50 residents.

The primary intention of the shelter is to protect people who cannot take shelter during the coronavirus lockdown.

Aside from a place to sleep, the shelter will provide food, clothing, hot water, a recreation area and psychological attention from trained personnel, said Zacarías Curi.

Progreso, including its satellite towns, has six confirmed cases of coronavirus out of a population of 50,000. The government does not break out those numbers to specify if any of those cases have occurred in Chelem, Chuburná or Chicxulub. One person from Progreso has died from COVID-19 complications.

With information from La Verdad, Facebook

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