The move of the Cars Jeans Stadium, the home stadium of football club ADO Den Haag, is necessary because the football season will start again soon. The healthcare facility will reopen at the new location on 1 September. That is a plot owned by the municipality, next to the currently vacant emergency location of a ROC school, about two kilometers from the ADO stadium. The move will start no later than 10 August.
Stay at home
The decision to set up a care location for the homeless was taken by the Hague college on 21 April. “Those who do not have a home cannot stay at home,” said alderman Bert van Alphen (social care, GroenLinks) at the time. ‘People without a roof over their heads who are ill, but do not need extra care or nursing, can be temporarily accommodated thanks to the placement of the portocabins in the stadium’s parking lot.’
Although only one person has been taken care of since the site opened, which has capacity for fifty people and costs 110,000 euros per month at full occupancy, the alderman still considers the facility important enough to maintain. He refers to the increase in the number of infections in the region and a possible ‘second peak’.
For the same reason, the Commission cannot wait until the necessary environmental permit has been granted with the construction of the new location. Due to the threat of a second wave of infections, speed is required, says the alderman. That is why the move will start immediately after the lecture decision, even though no permit has yet been issued. After advice from the fire brigade and the GGD, the Municipal Executive is confident that the permit can be granted.