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Statistics on destitute persons in welfare homes

Statistics on destitute persons in welfare homes

Published On
06 Feb 2017

6 February 2017


Mr Murali Pillai
MP for Bukit Batok SMC

To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development

(a) for each of the past three years, what has been

(i)the number of destitute persons admitted into the custody of the Director of Social Welfare ("Director");
(ii) the numbers discharged from the Director's custody; 
(iii) the number of discharged destitute persons re-admitted into the Director's custody; and

(b) what steps are taken to encourage destitute persons to reintegrate with their families and society.


The number of destitute persons admitted into Welfare Homes under the custody of the Director of Social Welfare was 250, 251 and 207 for 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The number of destitute persons discharged from Welfare Homes was 182 in 2014, 172 in 2015 and 163 in 2016. These include persons who went on to independent living, and living with family or friends. These also include persons discharged to step-down residential care facilities and nursing homes.

In 2014, 39 destitute persons were re-admitted into Welfare Homes. There were 42 re-admissions in 2015 and 27 re-admissions in 2016.

Destitute persons who are admitted into Welfare Homes undergo rehabilitation programmes which impart social, work and life skills to prepare them for independent living in the community, whenever possible. Those who are assessed to have high potential for reintegration are placed on external employment, home leave and pre-discharge programmes to support their transition back to the community. They are also linked up with community resources where necessary to support their reintegration.

In addition, Welfare Homes support family reconciliation to address underlying issues and strengthen family relationships. Volunteers and community agencies also work with Welfare Homes to complement their rehabilitative efforts.​

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