In rejuvenating KL, the homelessness problem was researched to construct interventions based on the needs of the individuals. To achieve this, stakeholders such as NGOs, government players, academic researchers, and homeless individuals were reached out to and three actions were identified.
Expertise: Resilience, Analytics
Services: Social Resilience
Flagships: Climate & Social Resilience
Keywords: Homelessness, Analytics, Research, Intervention
Think City’s homelessness projects started with research to inform subsequent interventions that adopted novel methods to try and address homelessness.
The homelessness research and projects involved key stakeholders working on homelessness from the beginning. This includes working together with NGO partners, government players, academic researchers, and homeless individuals themselves in identifying challenges and crafting solutions based on these needs.
From the research conducted:
Three actions were identified to mitigate the homelessness problem. One was to investigate the feasibility of the Housing First model in Kuala Lumpur, for which a White Paper was then written. The second action was a pilot Community Connect project, which sought to develop a local ecosystem providing jobs and support to homeless individuals in the area. This pilot was implemented by Yellow House and managed by Think City. Out of this pilot project, one individual was successfully employed, re-housed, and reunited with family. The third action was the development of the Homelessness Services Registry – a database of services provided for individuals experiencing homelessness. This was done in collaboration with NGOhub, and built on a database started by Kedai Jalanan UM. The database is now completed and available at NGOhub’s website.