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Ministry addressing the needs of homeless and socially vulnerable during lockdown

Minister of Health & Social Development Carvin Malone has given the assurance that his ministry is taking measures to ensure the homeless are taken care of during the ongoing territory-wide lockdown period.

Malone gave that assurance following a BVI News publication that caused some residents to raise concerns on what is being done for such persons.

He said: “The Ministry of Health & Social Development is very concerned and have been proactively taking an inventory and seeking and finalising ways of which our most socially vulnerable could be made comfortable during this period of curfew and even this period of the pandemic.”

“So, rest assured that the department and all that is involved has been finding ways in which this issue will be addressed to ensure no one is left behind,” the legislator added.

He said the public will soon be informed on all that is being done for the homeless and most vulnerable, once his team finalise their plans and reports.

Malone, in the meantime, said the Safe Haven Transitional Centre — which was created to assist chronically homeless individuals — is nearing its maximum capacity and government is therefore in search of other facilities to accommodate such persons.

“The Safe Haven Transitional Centre has been up and running for a while, they were excess capacity in some cases, we have already placed families that could be placed there. We are seeking additional facilities which is ongoing,” he stated.

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  1. well sah says:

    Always gotta wait till someone pull y’all card to tighten up. This little wealthy island should have a better system for the homeless and needy.instead everything is a’whats their personal interest are

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    • Observing says:

      This “wealthy” Territory has numerous social ills that need to be dealt with from many years ago. The pandemic has magnified them even more. It is the opportune time for complete eradication.

  2. sylvia says:

    Why wait till things happen to come up with some quick and ineffective plan. This has been an ongoing social problems. Why have u guys not seriously think about building a mental health facility. Too much talking and no results. Some of those individuals are so far gone mentally hope security is on board with the government mental heath team.

  3. sylvia says:

    there are a lot of government centers not in operation use them. What other facility do u have. none. come on let’s be real. rent an entire hotel for them. they are doing that in America as the homeless Shelters are coming down a lot with the virus. Be careful how u batch them as well as this will be another problem. there would need to be securities, cleaners, cooks, nurses, onboard etc. How long will this service be provided? only until after the lock down.

  4. Lies says:

    They are roaming the streets as we speak.

  5. true says:

    The harsh reality is that BVIslanders should be helped and so should everyone else that needs it at this time, but after this has passed people who require this sort of help need to go back to their own country as they are not able to sustain themselves in time of crisis and would be better at home in their own neighbourhoods for support. This is the burden on the health service and public school being laid bare.

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  6. vip heckler says:

    Only now?

  7. no VIP says:

    locking them up is not the answer

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  8. Eagle eye says:

    This is what happens when you elect followers instead of leaders.

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  9. Guest says:

    “Addressing” is the operative word here. The truth is that this should have already been addressed though.

  10. Satan circus at it again says:

    Whatever you’ll spreading, it is not on this path, so direct y’ll search elsewhere in the environment you’ll created. Been healthy then and now physically, except for the brief mental trauma encounter with you devils. But now the observer realized that nothing will change, so stay in the time capsule. Bills paid with 2 partnership Llc for years, so keep assuming y’ll obvious ignorance.

    Also pass on this message to D’b##o in dot gov – the curse has been lifted. Grandma said however, that it does return to those who placed it, within 4 generations, but healing come with wholeness, so will be still sending blessings for this not to happen for all who cursed thy. Signing out. Love and Light.

  11. Satan circus at it again says:

    Final thought. Mal#ne, see you all up in this mess as well, but if it wasn’t for the efforts of the observer, you would not be sitting where you are today. Barley made it in, but now finally realized, neg### can not be helped. There are todays’ and tomorrows’, for me and for you. Closing out. Love and Light.

  12. Shark says:

    We dont have homeless people here in the B.V.I they vote just like everybody during election.

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