A New Welfare Cooperation Network Sparked Social Interest in & Support for the Marginalized and Promoted Quantitative & Qualitative Welfare Improvement
291,325 Alienated Citizens have more secure lives under the New Social Safety Net.
The municipal government is providing support to 291,325 people below the poverty line, including 96,739 whom the city has recently identified as extremely poor. The city provides subsidies for their basic needs and heating and housing costs. Last winter, no homeless people froze to death for the first time in the city’s history on account of the project.
Donation Culture Promoted and Enterprises and Citizens Donated 32 billion won.
The city of Seoul has launched a large-scale ‘sharing’ campaign and 32 billion won worth of cash and goods have been collected from enterprises and citizens. In addition, for the first time in the history of the Seoul city government, there are 11,437 cases of skills or services being donated in a variety of fields including medicine and boiler repairs.
The donations have been distributed to the people in need who are marginalized by the public welfare channels. The distribution work has been done by a total of 122 private organizations.
Mobilized Modern IT Techniques to Improve Welfare Services
To take advantage of the world-class IT infrastructure of the country, the city of Seoul has developed a website exclusively for the welfare initiative ((http://ondol.wefare.seoul.kr) to promote an effective collaboration between citizens, welfare institutions and public offices. A total of 10,655 donations or discoveries of community members in need have been made on this website thus far.
264 Cases of Institutional Improvement Tasks Identified
While the city has been promoting its “Ondol Welfare Project,” the city has identified 264 cases in 12 categories that do not meet the legal or institutional requirements for welfare benefits but the people involved badly need welfare services.
To correct these problems, in July 2012, the Seoul Municipal Government opened the Seoul Welfare Legal Counseling Center, which is now working on the fundamental improvements contained in the National Basic Living Security Act. At the same time, the center has offered free legal counseling services. For the past four months, from July to November 2012, the center has provided free legal counseling services for 1,137 cases.