Struggles the Homeless Face
1. Ignorant Inequality
Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there.
2. Simplistic Stereotypes
“This is because inequality is not about absolute deprivation, unlike poverty. … Inequality is a structural impediment. Inequality is about how a society’s policies, structures, assumptions and decisions work together to create advantage for some groups, and obstacles for others.”
— Chua Mui Hoong, Feb 18 2018, The Straits Times
3. Meritocratic Mobility
“We think that as long as there are equal opportunities, all is well. We overlook clear differences in people’s abilities to meet their needs with dignity and without undue struggle. Ultimately, by insisting that it is mainly opportunity that matters, we come to accept unequal outcomes.”
— Dr. Teo You Yenn,
May 30 2018, The Straits Times
The Destitute Persons Act
How to help as an individual
Spot a homeless person or someone you think might be homeless?
Here are 7 tips for you.
How to help with Homeless Hearts
It’s as easy as ABCD.
Join us as an advocate to discuss and research on the state of homelessness. We work with community partners to develop practical solutions to address the socio-economic inequalities in Singapore.
Join us as a befriender of the homeless by regularly visiting their key frequented areas. We encourage befrienders to focus not on immediate solutions, but establish sincere friendships first.
As contributors, we identify and meet our homeless friends’ needs by identifying and encouraging one another to think of ways we can contribute that help our homeless friends most effectively.
By supporting us with your donations, we will be able to accommodate more homeless people for longer periods, as well as meet their immediate practical needs, including temporary hostel stays.