Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) mulls offering transit homes for elderly homeless, in light of reports that some of Petaling Jaya’s public spaces serve as home to several senior folk.
The council, however, may not be able to do it on its own since such transit home comes with a lot of responsibility, said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.
“Maybe we can raise the idea with the state government as well as speak to the Welfare Department on what can be done,” said Mohd Azizi.
As a short-term measure, the MBPJ will discuss the matter first with the Welfare Department, reported The Star.
Mohd Azizi revealed that MBPJ had a food bank programme, in which they distribute processed food items to the hardcore poor that are registered with them.
“We give weekly food rations to the hardcore poor. However, our future plan is to cook meals and distribute it and we may include the homeless.”
Aside from the food aid, the registered hardcore poor also benefit from free treatment at MBPJ’s clinic.
“We will try to locate these homeless and register them under our hardcore poor list. They can also receive the aid,” noted Mohd Azizi.
Councillor Derek Fernandez had highlighted the report on Petaling Jaya’s elderly homeless during a recent fullboard meeting, saying these homeless individuals should be included under the council’s programme for the hardcore poor.
“Do not wait for the homeless to come looking for the council’s assistance,” he said.
“Instead, we should locate them and give them help. I suggest we add them to our list of hardcore poor so that they can, for a start, benefit from the MBPJ free clinic for the poor as well as the food bank.”
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