After living under Rama VIII Bridge for more than eight years, a 54-year-old disabled man grasped the chance for a new start. He walked with crutches to a vehicle that would take him to a state-run shelter where he was promised food, basic necessities and health care. “I do not want to be a burden to others,” said Mr Nueng (real name withheld). “I did not beg others. This does not mean I am arrogant. But if people mercifully give something to me, I have to accept it and thank them for their kindness.” Mr Nueng was taken in a vehicle arranged by officials to Ban Mit Maitree, a temporary shelter for the homeless organized by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, in the Din Daeng area. He was among scores of homeless people for whom the ministry’s officials recently provided assistance.