Juti Krairit from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has introduced a new project on 5 April 2020 called “No one gets left behind” in Thai. When the Coronavirus situation started to get more serious with more COVID-19 cases in Thailand every day, Netizens expressed concern online about where the homeless and those who have recently become unemployed as an effect of the pandemic will stay. The Ministry set up a meeting last week where members from the Protection Center for the Destitute in each province to report the number of the homeless and those unemployed in their areas.
This was the start of a protection plan to search for a safe place to stay as a shield against COVID-19. The information database shows that there are about 1,000 individuals in need of a safe place to stay. The Ministry has found safe locations in different parts of Thailand including Bangkok and across the nation. These are locations that are currently in use with free spaces available for those in need.
Juti stated that people can come in and stay for as long as they want, not just through the 14-day quarantine period. The stay will come with free 3 meals per day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The buildings will come with a safety control system that will eliminate the risk of being infected with COVID-19. Juti went to inspect several areas in Bangkok including Chatujiak, Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Lumphini Park, and other areas. There are officials at the main locations in Bangkok ready to serve the people. These officers will invite the homeless and anyone in need to come to stay at the safe buildings with free transportation. The homeless will no longer have to sleep on bridges, public parks, and sidewalks. Any person in search of a safe place to stay or help can call the emergency line at 1300.
FB Caption: The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has prepared a safe place to stay for the homeless with 3 free meals per day.