Home for street people, a novel concept under the `Mahinda Chinthanaya` will be inaugurated today (6) at the Urban Development Auditorium, Sethsiripaya by Social Service and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda.
Before the inauguration of this programme, surveys were conducted and several street people rounded up and their past history and present situation inquired into before selecting certain families, who have been living on the streets, to provide them with homes. A spokesman for the Ministry said 23 street families were selected for the inauguration of this project and they were asked to find houses for rent costing between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500 per month. Later the house owners were visited by Ministry officials and after inspection to ascertain whether the houses were worth the rent, one year`s advance was paid.
The selected families were also provided with kitchen utensils and other essential household equipment and encouraged to find employment or engage in self employment.
The elders in the family would be photographed and copies provided to area police stations to ensure that they would not revert back to the streets. In the first such experiment on street people 23 families would be put through the mill today and their progress monitored. If they show progress the next batch would be called upon to find a house for rent, the spokesman added.