JOHOR Baru City Council (MBJB) is looking for temporary shelters to house the homeless, says mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud.
He said this was necessary as construction of the Bangsa Johor Homeless Transit Centre in Taman Larkin Perdana had been delayed due to the lockdown and would only start in August.
“We have already identified the Women Protection Centre in Taman Perling as one of the temporary shelters,” he said during the MBJB full board meeting, adding that it could take in about 120 people.
Placing the homeless at the Women Protection Centre will involve a monthly expenditure of RM103,600 and another RM35,000 one-off payment to cover food and beverage, personal cleaning equipment, bedding and towels, staff allowances and other daily operating costs.
MBJB is considering Anjung Singgah, in Taman Nong Chik, as a temporary shelter too. It is run by the Welfare Department and can take in 38 individuals sent by the city council.
On the homeless transit centre, Adib said the two-storey building would house office space, treatment room, accommodation space, dining hall, surau, sick room and other amenities.
“The transit building, which is expected to be completed by July next year, is designed to accommodate 200 people,” he said, disclosing that some 229 had registered so far.
“MBJB will always give attention to the homeless as they are at high risk of being exposed to Covid-19,” he added.
On a separate matter, Adib said MBJB was gathering information from traders renting the council’s premises and active barbershops as well as hair salons for the i-Incentive and i-Penjaja initiatives.
“Applications will be channelled to the state government for them to get the RM500 one-off aid announced earlier,” he said.
On the Covid-19 vaccination registration programme, Adib said MBJB was working closely with the Southern Volunteers.
He said the programme would be extended until July 23 and thanked the Southern Volunteers for their efforts.
He also said MBJB would continue to cooperate with Health Ministry in providing halls for vaccination, logistics and personnel to ensure a smooth process at vaccination centres (PPV).
MBJB is directly involved at three PPV, namely Dewan Muafakat Johor Taman Adda, Persada International Convention Centre and Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim.
“MBJB personnel are involved in tasks such as traffic, security and logistics to ensure a smooth vaccination process at these PPV,” he said.