The number of homeless folk picked up by welfare officers driving around Singapore's housing estates, beaches and streets has doubled in the past two years.
A total of 253 people were picked up by officers from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) last year, up from 123 in 2007. More than half were found sleeping in void decks of Housing Board blocks.
More than six in 10 were men aged below 60 and 'capable of working', said MCYS. The rest were divided equally between women and older men. Around 85 per cent were Singaporeans.
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