The City’s initiative was established partially in response to NGOs and other civil society actors’ lobbying efforts which advocated for securing several hotels/hostels for homeless people. The approach was inclusive, targeting the most vulnerable groups in the homeless community: people with disabilities, the elderly, and women were prioritized. The highest priority was given to people who showed symptoms of Covid-19 but had not yet been tested positive. The method of prioritizing clients placed in humanitarian hotels was inspired by a solution scheme used in London.
This initiative was funded by the City of Reykjavík and ran by volunteers from PeP Iceland, who organized and hosted the project.
The idea behind this café was to create a unique space that breaks social isolation. To further support people in need, the cafe offered a “giveaway table” where various necessary products were made available by businesses.
The project targeted marginalized groups who have been heavily affected by COVID-19, especially those who are socially and financially vulnerable.