The number of homeless picked up by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports reached an all time high last year.
|Number of Homeless Picked Up|
Of the 271 men and 68 women who made the 2010 list of homeless individuals, 169 were aged 41-59, 130 were 60 years and older.
The MCYS has appointed three shelters to house the human flotsam and jetsam, WAHAH Transitional Shelter, New Hope Community Services and Lakeside Family Centre. Just Parenting Association (JPA) commenced operations of WAHAH Transitional Shelter in June 2010 for families that have been rendered homeless - by social issues like divorce, addiction (alcohol, drugs and gambling), and what the MCYS curiously termed "unwillingness to hold on to a job". WAHAH (meaning ‘oasis’ in Arabic), which caters for displaced families who have young children or elderly members, has 45 families staying at their facilities, with 3 or 4 families crammed into each flat. Due to the lack of available space allocated by the government for housing this segment of the population, 27 families remain on their waiting list. The "lucky" residents are allowed to stay only for a period of between 3 to 6 months, after that, they are on their own. Probably tossed back into the sidewalk to be recycled, like trash.
It looks like MCYS has a lot to do. It also looks like the former minister in charge had his priorities misplaced somewhere, providing lush accommodation for foreign athletes while denying a basic roof for Singapore's destitute.
Don't expect much from the Acting Minister who told reporters after delivering his "Socrates-style" crap, "I did not want to give them my solutions, but work through solutions with them." Translation: "Kee Chiu", come up with something, I'm dying to take credit for it.