COVID-19 exacerbates challenges for homeless people, charity group says

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 14, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

A homeless man nicknamed Mr Airplane, who sells The Big Issue magazine, smiles in front of a photograph of him at a photography exhibition in Taipei on Saturday.
Photo: CNA

Daily life has grown increasingly difficult for the homeless, economically and in other ways, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, charity group Homeless Taiwan said.

Homeless Taiwan secretary-general Lee Ying-tzi (李盈姿) on Wednesday said that while the group has received enough monetary donations to operate shelters and enough supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer, to make them available to homeless people at the facilities, life has become tougher for many homeless people.

A survey conducted by the charity group found that nearly 70 percent of homeless people are employed, mostly in temporary jobs such as handing out leaflets and holding advertising signs, she said.

However, their job opportunities have in the past few months dwindled due to the pandemic, while fewer charity groups have provided them free meals and supplies since the outbreak of the virus, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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