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  • A bus was presented to the KSAC to support the organisation’s homeless programme.
  • The vehicle was donated through a partnership involving Mega Mart, Scotia Bank, and Food for the Poor.
  • The bus will be used to transport street persons when they need to be removed from the streets.

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, has made an appeal for Jamaicans, whose relatives are living on the streets to show care and responsibility and rescue them.

“We have too many persons, who have abandoned their family members…. who are not helping where they should. My call is a call to bring back that community to care for itself and its less fortunate and its most vulnerable members,” the Mayor said.

She was addressing the handing over of a bus to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to support the organisation’s homeless programme on October 2.

The vehicle was donated through a partnership involving Mega Mart, Scotia Bank, and Food for the Poor (FFP).

Speaking at a handing over ceremony at the Marie Atkins Night Shelter in Kingston, Mayor Brown Burke said the partnership to provide the vehicle represented the kind of teamwork needed to solve the street people challenge in the society.

She made a commitment to take care of the vehicle. “My charge is to make sure that it (bus) lasts a little longer than the last one that we find a good driver, who will take care of it. I am giving the commitment that the purpose for which it is presented here is the purpose for which it will be used,” Senator Brown Burke said.

The bus will be used to transport street persons during times of medical emergencies, or natural disasters, when they need to be removed from the streets.

The Poor Relief Department at the KSAC has direct responsibility for homeless persons and had been providing specialized services through the Marie Atkins Night Shelter located at 65 Hanover Street.

Over the years, with strong push from the KSAC, FFP, other individuals and civic groups, several organisations and businesses have been reaching out to persons on the streets, and to the Council’s homeless programme.