Homeless Expatriates Receives Help from Shenzhen Aid Center
A 77 year old American is one of the seven homeless expatriates that received help for the city aid center last year. During a tour of the center operator told visitors that the American have stayed at the center since November after he realized that he had no friends living in the city to ask for help.
For more than ten years the American traveled across China and has found on a street in Luohu and he was weak and emaciated. Police then took the American to the aid center where he was offered a place to stay with free meals. Once recovered he was sent to Beijing and later flew back to the United States. The center said that they are helping anyone in need, foreign or Chinese even if the center lacks specific rules on aiding homeless foreigners. The center can provide basic medical treatment and counseling and assist in finding families of these homeless foreigners so they can send them back home.
But recently the center has seen younger and healthier people seeking shelter and it poses a challenge to the center’s management. According to the center around 80 percent of the people coming to the center are 18 to 45 years old and healthy. They are just coming to the center to get free shelter and food. Some residents are starting to complain that the center is encouraging these people to be lazy.
Center officials said that they find it hard to differentiate free loaders from those who actually need help and the current law has not defined what kind of people that should be given assistance. Officials are hoping that a defined law should be adopted soon to help prevent people from taking advantage of aid center thus saving the taxpayer’s money.