Homeless Resource Centre

Initiated: December 2011 – March 2014

Location: Central and New Delhi

Project Description:

Maitri’s Homeless Resource Centre serves as a holistic resource for the urban poor, helping to ensure the Welfare of Delhi’s Homeless. The Centre was established by the Government of NCT of Delhi’s Mission Convergence (Samajik Suvidha Sangam) programme. Under the programme, Maitri manages two permanent night shelters in addition to overseeing multiple temporary shelters. A key aspect of the HRC is the facilitation of Citizenship Rights such as Voter Identification Cards, Unique Identification Cards, Aadhar Cards, and Beghar Cards. Maitri also hold Health Camps to provide medical services to the Homeless. At these Camps, routine checkups are conducted, HIV/STI tests are administered, and medication is distributed. Education is provided in the way of Adult Literacy classes. Children recieve support through non-formal Education as well. Moreover, the HRC conducts Winter Night Rescues to save those living in poor, unhealthy conditions and brings them to a shelter for support. The HRC endeavours to improve the quality of life for Delhi’s urban poor while empowering them to take control of their financial and physical well-being.

Project Impact Since Inception:

  • 4,500 people enrolled in the Voter ID programme;
  • 1,816 Voter ID Cards distributed;
  • 1,872 people enrolled in UID Cards;
  • 30 UID Cards distributed;
  • 3,640 people rescued during Winter Night Rescues;
  • 175 bank accounts opened;
  • 14,900 people registered for Beghar Cards;
  • 3,125 Beghar Cards distributed;
  • 11,498 people reached through Health Camps;
  • 20 Right-to-Food stands monitored;
  • 328 Right-to-Food stands visited;
  • 74 people reached through the Livelihood programme;
  • 128 Children given non-formal Education;
  • 79 adults reached through the Adult Literacy programme