Homeless leave shelter to protect spots

October 04, 2016
A homeless man spotted in dreamland along Barry Street, Kingston, yesterday.

From uptown to midtown and all the way downtown in the island's capital, the homeless could yesterday be seen occupying their 'own spot' in plazas, along sidewalks, and under trees. Come rain or shine, they are usually left to the elements and are occasionally fed by kindhearted individuals or specific charities.

With the announcement by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie on Sunday that the homeless would be placed in shelters to ride out Hurricane Matthew, THE STAR toured some of their usual haunts in the Corporate Area to see what obtained.

THE STAR saw several more along the way to the Marie Atkins Shelter downtown, where we were told by Inspector of Poor Mavis Farquharson that a team had removed 20 homeless persons from Silver Slipper Plaza alone on Sunday.

"We brought 44 of them to this and other shelters, but after sleeping the night, they left early Monday morning because they said they did not want to lose their spot on the road," Farquharson said.


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