KSAC working to clear streets of homeless people

KSAC working to clear streets of homeless people

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Following the stabbing of a policeman and an eight-year-old boy in downtown Kingston on Wednesday by a man believed to be of unsound mind, the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation issued a release stating that it is committed to clearing the streets of the homeless.
“We continue to work in a responsible and caring manner to clear the streets of the homeless, some of whom are mentally ill. The Bellevue Hospital has partnered with us to treat these mentally ill individuals and to find a place for them”, announced Town Clerk Robert Hill.
The KSAC, through its Poor Relief Department, according to the release, has held several meetings and has partnered with many organisations to find accommodation for the homeless. Some have been placed at the KSAC’s own Marie Aitkens Shelter and other homes and have been trained in various skill sets, some have even been given jobs while others are still waiting to be placed.
The release said the process has been slow because of limited resources and options in assisting this group.
“The KSAC is always trying to assist the less fortunate and mentally ill in Kingston and St Andrew. This incident is unfortunate and we stand in solidarity with the youngster and his family. We pray that something like this will never happen again,” said Mayor Angela Brown Burke.
“We will continue to work in a coordinated effort with all the stakeholders with a
view to alleviate conditions that could lead to such incidence reoccurring,” the mayor said.


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