Frantic appeal for a home
The Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society (BVHS) is seeking to press ahead this year with plans to acquire a new $1.7 million home for the homeless.
However, the organization currently remains strapped for cash.
In a release today, it therefore said it was requesting “frantic assistance” from both Government and corporate Barbados in establishing the new facility in the heart of City.
The charity, which is led by president Kemar Saffrey, said while its services had touched over 300 homeless people, its current home was simply inadequate as it could only accommodate up to six men every six months.
“BVHS aims to significantly maximize this number and to gladly facilitate women without having to turn them back due to the lack of housing,” the release said, pointing out that, like Verdun House in St John, its new facility would provide shelter for women leaving the drug rehabilitation programme at Marina House, St John.
BVHS, which has just instituted a new board of directors, also offered to provide advice to Government on how to deal with homelessness. (KJ)