Hong Kong has launched a pilot program to clear street sleepers from the Sham Shui Po district, home to a quarter of the city’s homeless, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.
The government plans a clear-out every two months under a HK$1.2 million (US$154,827) initiative aimed at tackling community management and environmental hygiene problems in the district.
It has tapped the Society for Community Organization (SoCO) for the 13-month program to help homeless people find work and shelter, the report said.
The project, announced by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his policy address earlier this year, also covers Yuen Long district.
SoCO community organizer Tim Pang said the scheme will help homeless people deal with problems such as drug abuse, drinking and gambling and reconnect them with society.
Pang said many resettled homeless people return to the streets if they can’t find permanent work or regular income to pay rent.
The program will train them for potential employment and also provide allowance, the report said.
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