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)

6 Responses to Frantic appeal for a home

  1. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne January 13, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Aren’t there already nuff small government housing dotted around Barbados that remain empty?? Houses that were built a few years ago that have stood empty since then. Use those.

    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne January 13, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Taxpayers money sitting idle….. Government can’t maintain the buildings they now control and they build more until they fall to ruin. Build them and then people still can’t afford them… (even at discounted rate) As Lord Kitchener sang we must really have more money than sense.

  2. Natasha Blanchard
    Natasha Blanchard January 13, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Got some empty ones there in Beckles Road….. ask NHC

  3. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar January 13, 2016 at 6:33 am

    He doesn’t want any of those he want a complex

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte January 13, 2016 at 7:15 am

      agree more like a dormitory or apt type complex

  4. Silence January 13, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    He is a joke smh my sister house got burn down last year I ask him for assistance im anyway. And he told me he only help the homeless . Wow smh she is homeless then he mouth change to vigrants . Pity how I would support all his events this is the thanks I get smh. The Lord int sleeping n he knows that all I have to say.


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