｜Chen Luwei (Donggang High School), Li Mingzhang (Pingtung High School)｜Editors: Lin Zihan, Lin Sihao Starting from Pingtung Railway Station, go straight north along Zhongshan Road all the way, and turn into the alley when you reach Kangding Street, and you will see a one-story iron house. Looking inward from the railings of the red gate, there are a dozen people sitting inside, some drinking tea, some talking to the social workers about what happened today, and some looking into the distance with dazed eyes. This is the homeless shelter of the Pingtung County Government - "Meteor Home".
Shelter provides assistance to the homeless The life assistants and social workers of Meteor Home help the homeless people living in the shelter photo background removing receive three meals and fruits every day. If the homeless people live outside, they can also help the shelter to clean in exchange for food. It is understood that every day there will be 10 or 20 homeless people outside to work hard to get meals. Social Worker Xu of the Social Affairs Department of the Pingtung County Government said that in addition to the necessary inspections before entering the shelter, if the homeless feel unwell or have medical needs, they can also be referred to hospitals and health centers through the shelter or social department , to obtain services such as identification, examination, medical treatment, correction and withdrawal of addictive substances.
In addition to meals and medical care, employment counseling is also an important part of the shelter. Many homeless people cannot afford high-labor jobs due to physical factors such as age, injury and disease, so shelters provide low-skill, low-labor jobs such as wrapping gold paper, cleaning parking lots, and security. In addition, Meteor Home will also assist the homeless to apply for low-income households and rental housing subsidies, so that the homeless can afford the cost of living outside after leaving Meteor Home. The gap between urban and rural resources makes the welfare of the homeless in Pingtung inferior to that of big cities