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Clarifications on homeless persons who choose to remain homeless

Clarifications on homeless persons who choose to remain homeless

Published On
03 Jul 2017
3 July 2017
 
Question
 
Assoc Prof Daniel Goh Pei Siong 
Non-Constituency Member of Parliament

 
To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) from 2011 to 2016, what is the number of cases of homeless persons who choose to remain homeless instead of going to a shelter; and (b) what is the procedure for handling persons who choose to remain homeless.
 
Answer
MSF does not track the number of persons who choose to remain homeless instead of being admitted into shelters.
 
When MSF receives information on persons who may be homeless, we initiate contact with these persons on the ground to offer assistance. Those assessed to be homeless and in need of immediate shelter are admitted into shelters. They may also be referred to Social Service Offices and Family Service Centres for financial and employment assistance or to address family issues. Some decline assistance or have alternative accommodation options with family and friends. Others may have homes of their own but choose to sleep in public because of family disputes or other considerations. 
 
MSF and our partners in the community will continue to identify and provide support to homeless persons where needed. 
 
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