Public Welfare Centre (CPAS-OCMW) of Brussels
The Public Welfare Centre is called CPAS in French and OCMW in Dutch. It has a role which is defined in article 1 of the law of the CPAS.
This article indicates: every person is entitled to social security. This aims at allowing each to lead a life in compliance with human dignity. Public centres of social security are created which, in the conditions determined by the present law, have to assure this help.
The CPAS manages in particular the granting of the guaranteed minimum income.
Besides, the CPAS of Brussels intervenes in housing (including old persons and homes of rest and care), socio-professional insertion, psychosocial accompaniment (drug users), debt mediation, aid to homeless persons, young people, families or old persons at home, persons with a handicap...