Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has apologized for the arrests of homeless persons who were on the streets of the Corporate Area during curfew hours last night.
“I want to really say sorry about this. I have asked the police to take any homeless persons they encounter during the curfew to an additional 100-bed shelter that we are retrofitting right now on Church Street, to accommodate them overnight. The facility will be ready later today, and homeless persons can come this evening, and stay there. Bear in mind that the Marie Atkins Night Shelter is already up and running. Arrangements are also being made concerning homeless persons in the rest of the country.”
The Local Government Minister reiterated that the special feeding programme for the homeless, which began on Sunday, will continue, and the scheduled feeding hours are unaffected by the curfew hours.
“Specifically, ready-to-eat breakfast packages will be distributed between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.. Dinner will be served beginning at 2:30 p.m..We will also be giving them care packages every Friday.”