AS OF April 10, some 62 homeless people have benefitted from the Anjung Singgah shelter in Ipoh.
The facility was opened Jan 9.
Family, Community Welfare, Housing and Local Government Committee Chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim said of the 62, 36 are staying there while 26 visit to use the facilities there.
She added that 50 of them are men while the other 12 are women. They are given free accommodation, food and counselling until they have regained their footing or get a job.
The Anjung Singgah project was set up by the National Welfare Foundation. The shelter in Ipoh has 26 beds and several rooms for use by the homeless.
“It is an intervention centre for the homeless and it offers free facilities like temporary shelter, counselling for individuals or groups, food and welfare help if it is needed,” said in response to a question by Teh Kok Lim’s (DAP-Pokok Assam) on beggars and homeless in the state.
Rusnah said the state government is concerned when it comes to beggars loitering in areas of the city and she has enlisted the help of the Welfare Department and other agencies to solve the issue.
She said some of the actions taken to address the problem involves both enforcement and education.
“We want people to know that begging is against the law and it is not encouraged to give money to beggars. Maybe you can help them by referring them to the Welfare Department.
“The state government is aware and concerned about this matter and we will do whatever it takes to solve it,” she said during the State Assembly sitting on Tuesday.