HCMC to sweep streets for beggars, homeless

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A child asleep on a sidewalk in Ho Chi Minh City. A child asleep on a sidewalk in Ho Chi Minh City.


Ho Chi Minh City will conduct a sweep to move beggars and homeless people into social service centers this Sunday.
Vo Thanh Quang, deputy director of the Social Support Center at HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the city takes people off the street every year to provide them with shelter, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Quang said his center shelters the wanderers for three months every year, while officials look into their backgrounds and health conditions to determine whether they need subsidized housing.
The center receives more than 2,000 people every year and temporarily shelters for over 200 others on a budget of VND30,000 (US$1.4) per person, per day.
The homeless will be reunited with their relatives (if they are found to have any) or sent to the department’s Mental Healthcare Center if they show any signs of mental illness.
Others will be set up in subsidized housing provided by the department’s Social Welfare Center, Quang said.
Officials will also keep their eyes open for street beggars posing as snack vendors, lottery ticket sellers, or monks begging for alms.

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