Bars, dividers make spaces less welcome to homeless: Observers

Public benches with dividers at Kreta Ayer Square. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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SINGAPORE - Public spaces in Singapore have been designed to be unwelcome to the homeless - and as a response to citizens complaining about rough sleepers in their midst, according to architects and experts.

With an uptick in rough-sleeping during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government and community partners have stepped up to build more shelters. Government data in July revealed that some 800 homeless families and individuals were occupying these shelters.

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