The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services is commending the private sector’s willingness to work towards the identification of available resources and solutions which will enable the Ministry to respond to issues associated with street dwelling.
The Ministry says as a follow up to a previous meeting of high level stakeholders, held two weeks ago, Minister Donna Cox, today engaged representatives of the business community.
The meeting took place at the Linda Baboolal Meeting Room at Cabildo Chambers on St. Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.
In a media release the Ministry said some of the areas that will require urgent attention include: Refurbishment/outfitting of facilities; Personal protective equipment for outfitting of personnel; Training/Mentorship opportunities; Employment/Business opportunities; Appropriate and well-equipped vehicles and Service Providers (Programmes, Security, Food and other supplies).
The Ministry said appropriate legislation is also critical, coupled with the right measure of training and development, mentorship and financial counselling as part of the rehabilitation process.
The Ministry said those present also agreed that there is need for more community involvement toward the rehabilitation and re-integration of street dwellers from dwelling in public spaces.