Plight of homeless in focus ahead of Universiade

The China Post
Date: April 24, 2017
By: Stephanie Chao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — One of the last things that anyone would probably expect to happen

Homeless sit outside Taipei Main Station as people pass by on Sunday, April 23. (Stephanie Chao, The China Post)

to them is to lose their home and suddenly end up on the streets.

However, according to people well versed on the issue, today’s unpredictable social and economic environment means that being made homeless could happen to anyone, with experts calling for more to be done to resolve the situation.
While human rights activism has advanced in Taiwan over the years, Homeless of Taiwan member Kuo Ying-ching said a deep stigma is still attached to those who find themselves homeless.

On March 31, Homeless of Taiwan, Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR), Taiwan Alliance of Anti-Forced Eviction and other nonprofit organizations successfully stalled the Taipei City Government’s attempts to throw away the belongings of a number of homeless congregated at Taipei Main Station, originally scheduled to be carried out on April 1.    [FULL  STORY]

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