Uni Agency is a project initiated by the Department of Housing of the Municipality of Milano with the agreement of all the universities of Milan, the Cariplo Foundation and the Regione Lombardia. Uni Agency was founded with the aim of developing accommodation of students away from home, bringing together supply and demand for housing. It connects students and homeowners and provides both parties with support and advice in the steps of administrative and bureaucratic iter. Among the services offered by Uni Agency there are support and orientation service to the city, transportations and possibility for the free time. Services offered by Uni Agency are totally free.
Politecnico, in collaboration with MeglioMilano, a non-profit organization, sets up the project "Welcoming a student in your house" to encourage meeting between university students looking for accommodation, and pensioners with an available room. Students can save the rent towards the costs of housekeeping and doing some small useful services for the elderly, in the interests of good relationship and cooperation. The association MeglioMilano collects requests, organizes cohabitations and is helpful with meetings and advice.
Corso Venezia 43, 20121 Milano
Phone +39.02.76020589, fax +39.02.76009045
This project, born in Como in 1999, offers students residing outside the city the opportunity to be hosted in single rooms by Como pensioners in exchange for a low refund of expenses.
Promoters: Auser Como (Associazione per l'Autogestione dei Servizi e la SolidarietÓ); SPI (Sindacato Pensionati CGL Como); Politecnico di Milano - Polo Regionale di Como; UniversitÓ dell'Insubria; ISU (Istituto per il Diritto allo Studio); Comune di Como (Area servizi alla persona); Provincia di Como (Settore solidarietÓ sociale).
The aim is to offer a positive solution to the problem of accommodation of students residing outside the city, balancing this need with some needs of older people: companionship, security, listening, help in small daily tasks. This experience fosters communication by creating a link between generations, who sometimes struggle to meet. This meeting of different lifestyles in a spirit of cooperation and solidarity provides satisfactory human relationships, with a strong cultural and social value.
The institution in charge of the project is Auser, which in cooperation with the Commission "Living Together" (composed of representatives of promoters and university students), has the task of periodically verifying the progress of the project and proposing initiatives in the territory for a widespread information and a progressive improvement of its contents . It also uses the advice of a psychologist who acts as intermediary between accommodation demand and hospitality proposal. The psychologist fosters mutual acquaintance of people involved in the project and provides support throughout the period of cohabitation. The Municipality of Como guarantees pensioners a refund of expenses of 100 euros for the period of hospitality. This amount will be supplemented by the student with a monthly contribution of about 130 euros.
"Living together" Project
Via Viganò 4, 22100 Como
Phone +39.031.275038, fax +39.031.2757337
Web site of Polo di Como:www.polo-como.polimi.it/?id=5342
In Piacenza, in some buildings owned by the Municipality, two constructions have been granted in use at Politecnico. These structures have respectively six and five accommodations for housing needs of students carrying out their activities at the university of Piacenza. This offer, which can accommodate about 30 students, is part of a program of solidarity among the elderly, disabled people and university students, called "Solidarity with neighbourhood".
Politecnico selects students, who want to get involved in the project, on the basis of merit and economical situation. This project involves a social commitment of three/five hours a week to check general conditions of elderly and disabled people who live in the same residence, to keep them company or help them in little daily commissions.
The property management is entrusted to Acer. Politecnico also delegates Acer to carry out furniture; the operation is controlled by
Municipality of Piacenza regarding elderly and disabled people assistance.
Nowadays, students who are involved in this project are 33.
Polo di Piacenza's website: www.sede-piacenza.polimi.it/?id=6242