A special bus for Milan homeless

Milan’s ATM provides “House of the Angels”.

As temperatures drop, homeless people on the city streets will find a helping hand and a hot meal when the Casa degli Angeli (House of the Angels) pulls up at a bus stop near them, starting on Monday night, 18 January.

The 18 m long, specially rebuilt bus from city transport authority ATM, heated and fitted with toilets, a snack area, a first-aid post and bunks for sleeping, will run every night from Monday to Friday until 29 March.

In a joint initiative with the non-profit City Angels, ATM has fitted out the bus in its own workshops and will crew it with two volunteer drivers specialised in night runs. The Angels on board will offer meals, medical attention and psychological support.

For the third successive year, the bus expects to provide some 300 warm meals and drinks and 250 warm items of clothing and blankets every night.

Running from 21.30 to 01.00, the House of the Angels will visit a different area known as a gathering point for the homeless each evening.