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How a kampung approach wove better shelters for S'pore's homeless

A recent nationwide count found about 1,000 homeless people sleeping rough in Singapore. The Government's approach to tackling the issue has undergone a shift - but public attitudes also need to change.

It was a sight I would never forget. A woman in her 30s, her baby in a pram and her elderly mother sleeping on a bench in a public toilet at East Coast Park.

This was in 2007.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2019, with the headline 'How a kampung approach wove better shelters for the homeless'. Subscribe