Ahead of the opening of a shelter for street people in Ocho Rios, St Ann, Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says the Andrew Holness Administration is committed to taking care of the poor and destitute.
Mr McKenzie said there are some 2,000 people living on the streets of Jamaica. He said many of them live in his West Kingston Constituency.
“This administration has to tackle the problem of people living on the streets,” Mr McKenzie said.
Addressing the monthly meeting of the St Ann Municipal Corporation (SAMC) on Thursday, May 10, the Local Government and Community Development Minister told councillors “we have a responsibility to the poor and destitute of the country. It is of vital importance we all appreciate our responsibility to the poor.”
He said all of the facilities built to help the poor, such as the new ‘Drop-In Centre’ in Ocho Rios, St Ann will have the financial support of Government. He said the Government had increased the amount of money in this year’s Budget to deal with the poor.
The Drop in facility, just outside of the town centre will provide a safe place for street people to have a bath and a meal. It is being opened today (Friday, May 11).