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Kingston Mayor says removal of homeless during Obama visit routine

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 11:16 AMGleaner Writer
Angela Brown Burke

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, says the recent removal of homeless persons in the corporate area was routine and not a special programme because of last week's visit of United States President Barack Obama.

Images by concerned Jamaicans were posted online showing personnel from the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) removing the homeless from areas along the route which would be used by the US President.

However, the Kingston Mayor said this was not unusual as the issue of the homeless is a continuous problem and from time to time the KSAC seeks out these individuals and provides them with help.

Senator Brown Burke, who was speaking during yesterday's KSAC monthly meeting, said the Corporation is making steady progress with addressing the issue of the homeless in the corporate area.

She said the KSAC has been able to track down the families of a number of these homeless persons and have reunited them.

The Kingston Mayor says others have been treated at hospital and have subsequently been placed in shelters or other facilities.