Chennai shows the way

In contrast to other cities, Chennai has fewer homeless and the shelters are run in a more organised manner with support from officials and several quarters, said M. Charles of the Empower Academy that runs five shelters.

“Around 3000 homeless are accommodated in 48 shelters, each with a capacity of 50. In the Zone I, I made a field verification and found only 50 homeless. If the number in Avadi and Tiruvallur is included, it could be higher,” he pointed out. Mr. Charles said he had been pursuing the idea of generating a corpus through funds from various organisations, in association with municipal officials, to meet the needs of the shelter homes, he added.

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