April 18, 2015 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Belgian King Gives Apartments to Homeless Families

Posted in: Belgium

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The King of the Belgians has opened apartment spaces to give shelter to two homeless families during the cold winter. The apartments are owned by the Royal Trust, a set of properties made available by the sovereign state near the royal castle in Ciergnon Ardennes.

While King Albert II and the rest of the royal family do not own these apartments, but they are part of the royal palaces.

“This is truly the will of the King and the royal family to this provision. I emphasize this strong positive step in the right direction,” said Secretary of State, Philippe Courard.

Belgium has been experiencing bitter cold temperatures and snowy weather as of late. There have been reports of families who have applied for political asylum found themselves staying in train stations to keep warm.