Thursday, June 25, 2009

Comprehensive rehabilitation plan for homeless persons being put in place!

The removal of homeless persons from the streets of Georgetown has commenced with a number of those being picked up in buses and taken to homes.
Yesterday, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, said that the homeless in the city of Georgetown are being removed to appropriate places for lodging.
Those of unsound mind will be taken into care at the mental public health institution, he said.
The indigent, on the other hand, he said, will be clothed, housed and fed at the state expense.
Dr. Luncheon added that even if the homeless persons leave the place where they are being housed and return to the streets, they will be removed again from the streets.
“The exercise is intended to keep the homeless off the streets so even if they were to return they will be again taken off the streets to ensure that they do not remain there,” he said.

Some of the homeless will be taken to the East La Penitence facility for homeless persons.
According to Dr. Luncheon, the campaign to remove the homeless from the city would be matched by one to enforce the law against littering.
On June 17, Dr. Luncheon announced that the home for the homeless will cost US$2M to build and will be located at Onverwagt, Region Five.
He said that Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn, has submitted the design, the quantities, the estimates and the tender documents for the construction of the home.
Dr. Luncheon said that the home will not be a prison with ‘cells and electrified wire fences’ but instead persons will be housed on a voluntary basis.
According to Dr. Luncheon, the design will include a number of flat buildings with a dormitory type of arrangement.
This facility will house more 100 persons, he said, adding that males and females will be in separate buildings within the complex.

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