JOHOR BARU - Most residents seeking temporary shelter at the Anjung Singgah Johor Baru halfway home, managed by the Welfare Department, are seeking jobs in Singapore.
Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the outlet had provided shelter to 345 people since opening its doors on June 2013.
She said most of them came from Pahang and Selangor and other districts in Johor like Muar.
"They moved in to seek shelter while they looked for jobs across the Causeway," Chew said after visiting the home yesterday.
She said they would continue to stay for a short period at the place before saving enough money to pay as their deposits to rent their own houses or rooms.
"If they are unable to find jobs in Singapore in the first week, the department will assist them in finding jobs in Johor Baru the following week," she said.
Chew added that the Anjung Singgah Johor Baru halfway home was easy to manage as the residents here were mostly looking for jobs.
Chew also said the department was planning to open up their fifth Anjung Singgah in Sabah soon as there was a demand for such a halfway home in the state.