It is heartwarming to think that Penang has been trying to improve everyday for its citizen. This may come as a surprise but according to Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, a total of 592 vagrants and beggars were rounded up across Penang in 2019. Thus making it even more important to have a transit centre for the homeless during these trying times.
The First Transit Center For The Homeless In Penang
Looks like Penang will finally have its own transit center for the homeless. The construction is said to be completed by October and it will start operating in early 2022. Penang Island City Council (MBPP) Mayor Datuk Yew Tun Seang said the building is also the first of its kind in the state to achieve triple net-zero energy, water, and waste.
A Truly Environmentally Friendly Structure
For your information, a triple net-zero building is a building that uses energy sources that are fully renewable, water that comes from a rainwater harvesting system and zero waste is generated. “The building will be 100% solar powered so it will be using renewable energy,” he said. The aim is for the building to achieve the platinum status of the Green Building Index (GBI), making it a truly environmentally friendly structure with a low carbon footprint.
Complete Facilities To Cater Their Every Need
The centre is located at a very strategic location along Jalan CY Choy and it is already 45% done. Additionally, they are currently discussing for the transit centre to be operated by the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society. Yew said the international charitable organization will manage and run the centre once operations commence. Here’s a list of facilities that you can find there:
- Free clinic
- Recycling Area
- Two Dormitories (segregated by gender)
- Disabled-friendly room
- Dining area
- Mutiara Food Bank
- Urban farm
Another Step To A Better Future
Kudos to everyone involved! Hopefully, this project will be able to give hope to the homeless, give them a place to “go back to” and finally get them off the streets. Meanwhile, make sure to share with us your thoughts in the comment section below ya!
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