A woman (59) from Upper Valais receives social assistance. Actually not a big deal. But at the moment she has to live with her daughter (17) on a campsite. Not in a caravan, but in a tent.
“It’s a shitty feeling. I feel shunned and treated like shit,” she says to the “Walliser Bote”. Blame for the tent dilemma: there are hardly any empty apartments. Nowhere in Switzerland is the level as low as in Visp VS. And the few apartments that are still available are expensive, as the “Walliser Bote” continues to write.
The two women previously lived in a small house in Visp. Including the six dogs. The accommodation was made available to them by the Social Medical Center (SMZ).
Mother and daughter are looking for an apartment for 900 francs
But then it goes down. “We had to leave the house almost overnight and were put up in a hotel for a week,” says the 59-year-old. The next stage was the Mühleye campsite. There they first lived in a bungalow, for more than a week now in a tent.
The campsite wanted to help the two women, says operations manager Helga Hreinsdottir. “Because of the great need.” But: «This solution does not correspond to our desired situation. Our campsite is available to tourists.» And not people who are looking for an apartment. It’s not high season at the moment. Therefore, the two women can stay – but at most until the driveway.
That’s already next week. That’s why the mother and daughter, together with the SMZ, are looking for an apartment for a maximum rent of CHF 900 per month. “Switzerland,” emphasizes the mother.
And the SMZ itself says that the case has been “very demanding and busy” for the authorities in the last few days. “It is an intolerable situation that it has to come to this in rich Switzerland,” says Willy Loretan, manager of SMZ Oberwallis, to the newspaper. (nl)