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About 50 former prisoners and
deportees staying at a Vision on Mis-
sion (VOM) halfway house may end
up on the streets soon.
VOM head, Wayne Chance, said the
NGO had received an eviction letter
from the landlord for the Champs Fleurs
halfway house because they had been
unable to pay the rent for seven months.
Chance said VOM also owed $50,000
in rent for the San Juan office the organ-
He said eight staffers left because
they could not be paid.
He said the situation was a result of
not getting their 2015 subvention from
the Ministry of Finance, to date.
He said VOM received a three-year
subvention from the Government. The
last ended in September.
Hunger striker Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh celebrated his 56th
birthday yesterday by holding a
meeting with members of the
Highway Re-route Movement
(HRM), and editing a book he
plans to publish online.
Kublalsingh, who is on his
106th day without food and
water, dismissed questions on
how he planned to spend his
He said he did not make a big
deal of birthdays and insisted he
did not post anything about it on
"I think they automatically pub-
lish your birthday. I didn t post
anything about it."
Asked what he got for his birth-
day, he said, "Nothing. I got a
quarter of a hug from my wife
which was an improvement from
last year. Last year I did not get
But he added, "It s a beautiful
day today. The wind is there, the
sunlight is there and the hum-
mingbird is sipping honey.
"That is a good gift."
Kublalsingh said three members
of the HRM visited him to discuss
an approach to a meeting with
Nidco next week.
"We still have not been con-
tacted by Nidco but the media has
been calling us about it."
He said he planned to spend the
rest of the day editing 20 essays
for his book, Global Village or
Other than that, the other major
event for him yesterday was finding
out that his son Ori was almost
robbed at the traffic light in Mor-
vant at 1 am.
"He drove off in time," Kublals-
ingh said. (YB)
A boy runs out to sea with his boogie board at Maracas Bay, in spite of the Met Office's rough seas bulletin
yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Kublalsingh turns 56
He said during the reading of
the budget in September, VOM
was left out, but Minister in the
Ministry of the People and Social
Development Vernella Alleyne-
Toppin explained it was due to a
He said VOM was promised that
a note would be sent to Cabinet
seeking funds for the group before
the year s end.
"That did not happen," Chance
He said they "made out" with
hampers given to them over the
Christmas and he donated his ham
and turkey to the halfway house.
"But we have not been able to
attend to the needs of those staying
at the house.
"We are at the end of our wits
Chance said the organisation
would now publicly "speak out"
about the issue until they obtained
"We don t know why this is
happening. We have been working
with the Government on several
"I believe someone is deliberately
putting off paying us our subven-
He said the renewal of the sub-
vention usually came after an eval-
uation of the organisation was
done by the Ministry of the People
and Social Development.
"We were evaluated and found
to have improved and expanded
"But we encountered another
setback when a new NGO Unit
was formed in the ministry.
"The unit was not satisfied with
the old evaluation and wanted to
do another one."
Chance said he was hoping
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar responded to their public
VOM takes in released prisoners
who have no homes to go to, and
people deported from the US for
VOM offers them a place to stay,
helps them find work and apart-
ments, and offers them counselling
and rehabilitation programmes to
assist with their reintegration into
Efforts to reach Alleyne-Toppin
yesterday were not successful.
Halfway house deep in debt
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