Government has put a plan in place to address the long standing issue of vagrancy in Roseau, Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge, has said.
A day and night care facility will be put in place as part of the plan, he said on ‘Talking Point’ aired on State-own DBS Radio on Thursday.
“A paper was sent to cabinet,” he said. “It basically is going to be a day care and a night care facility.”
He said as part of the plan, the Psychology Unit will pick up high risk persons every day and take them to what he described as an “occupational health centre.”
“Not the regular centre because what they are going to do is basically just try to take care of them,” he explained. “So they will take care of them, they will wash them, they will bathe them, they will groom them, give them new clothes and they will have them do certain things under the occupational areas so that they are occupied during that time.”
He said hopefully there will be some rehabilitation
“I am sure that would be looked at. At the end of the day they are free to go,” he said.
Tonge noted that the night time facility will be open for those who want to find a place to sleep.
“So there will also be washroom facilities so that the guys are not on the sides of the roads,” he noted.
He said the process will take place every day.
While this is taking place, Tonge revealed that a proper study will be done to come up with a “long-term solution” to deal with the issue.
The issue of vagrants in Roseau has been a long standing one in Dominica.
They are said to be a nuisance to tourists who come to Dominica and a reason given for the island receiving low ratings by visitors, according to reports.
In November 2013, then Tourism Minister, Ian Douglas, admitted that he was unsure how the matter is going to be resolved.
He threw it at the feet of the Ministry of Health, which he said is ultimately responsible for dealing with it.
Earlier this year Darroux said the matter would be taken to cabinet for consideration since it is having a negative impact on, “our visitors especially those from the cruise ships.”
Last year Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, described the matter as having a “negative impediment” on the tourism industry.