Dear all, as you may know by now, the "Circuit Breaker" (CB) period has resulted in a significant crisis for many of our homeless friends. They're currently unable to hang around their usual gathering places, and even their rough-sleeping places at night are now very much curtailed. As a result, there's been a significant surge of homeless people, both locals and foreigners, asking for help, and social workers contacting us to seek for shelters.
The numbers are increasing and the current shelters are getting full. Yes. Full up already.
Many of these people are not just elderly uncles, but young low-income women who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and injustice. there are also homeless youths and families with young babies in need.
We've started having people tell us they were made homeless during this time. The economic crisis has caused a terrible haemorrhage of job losses. We have heard that some low-income women (esp young foreign women) are even being pressured to perform sexual "favours" for their male customers / bosses.
With the CB laws now in place, the homeless shelters are full already, and the social distancing requirements mean that the limited capacity of the shelters are even lesser now.
Overcrowded shelters mean that the risk of a viral outbreak in a shelter rises exponentially, and if/when a shelter is hit, the entire shelter has to be put on lockdown immediately.
Where can the homeless go then?
So if you're any one of the following:
then, friend, could we appeal to you to open up your spaces to help host our homeless friends during this CB period?
You can sign up in the form below to let us know that you want to open your places to help. Our team will get back to you ASAP.
If you have further questions, you can also email us at [email protected]
This from MSF directly: "Safe Sound Sleeping Places are listed as essential services." We are working directly with MSF to vet and check each organization / group / individual and of course we will guide you through the necessary safety precautions.
Do NOT be afraid to do what is good and right, friends. This is NOT the time to be afraid, but to look out for one another - especially the vulnerable. Remember, social distancing is a privilege - so let's afford our homeless friends who have NO PLACE TO STAY AT HOME the same privilege.
We are collaborating with the national PEERS Network with partners and friends such as MSF, New Hope, Yio Chu Kang Chapel, The Salvation Army, SGCare, Tamar Village and so on to help make Singapore a city of refuge for those who have no safe place to be.
Our teams will do some background checks, vet and if approved, help guide you through the steps needed to transform your empty spaces into places of grace, for the weary wanderer to find rest and refuge during this month.
Our homeless bros and sisters have no place to stay, and even those with money have so much trouble booking a hostel / hotel stay. we've had news of certain hostels / hotels charging hidden deposits on homeless people.
And if we don't bring them in ASAP to be sheltered safely, they really have no place to sit down - literally - during the day, and no safe place at night to sleep.
There's locals who have been made homeless and jobless, and foreigners stranded here and cut off from their home countries.
So friends, it's more than a national problem. it's a humanitarian crisis in the making.
We really need you to open up your empty churches, empty mosques, empty temples, your empty cafes and empty shops, your empty schools, your empty offices, your empty lounges and your empty flats -
Friends, we need you. we need everyone to make space.
So open wide your hands; open wide your hearts.
This day we can make Singapore a #CityOfRefuge.
Please help share this around and get the word out.
Thank you so much and once again, God bless.
Do drop us a message at homeless.sg/contact-us/ if you discover any problems or have any questions. Thank you!
For more inquiries, please contact [email protected]