By early next year, a shelter to house and feed the homeless in Chow Kit is expected to be fully operational, reported by local media.

A four-storey building comprising three to four lots, at Lorong Haji Taib in Chow Kit would be acquired by Kuala Lumpur City Hall ( DBKL) for the purpose, told Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.

“The shelter will house the homeless, give them counselling and treatment as well as provide facilities for NGOs to distribute food,” he said during the World Cup Fiesta Final 2014 press conference.

“It would take time to acquire the building and carry out the necessary renovations but we will discuss details with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry,” said Ahmad Phesal.

The move to set up a government shelter for the homeless follows Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s announcement that soup kitchens would no longer be allowed to operate within a 2km radius of Lot 10 in Bukit Bintang.

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