After revising the rules, it will establish a new regular organization under the direct control of the Mayor in May.
Mayor Oh Se hoon has stressed the need for comprehensive support as single person households are rapidly increasing to 33% in Seoul, but ha ve been alienated from policies and support is dispersed.
The number of single person households in Seoul has increased about 1.5 times in 10 years from 850,000 in 2010 to 1.3 million currently. It is 33% of all households which means one household is sin gle person among three house holds.
The existing measures for single person households in Seoul were being carried out separately by departments such as the Women and Family Policy Office, the Citizens’ Health Bureau, the Welfare Policy Office, and the Ho using & Architecture Headquarters. The newly installed organization is an exclusive organization that combines dispersed functions. Following the revision of the ordinance and rules , it will launch a regular organization by increasin g the size of the taskforce by May.
The policy focuses on the five major pain of one person households: safety, disease, poverty, loneliness, and housing.
1. Safety: Support for security guards/ Installation double locking devices and emergency bells / E xpansion CCTVs / Introduction a special police system
2. Diseases: Distribution of smartwatches/ Cooperating with local hospitals and health centers/ Introducing a system of medical attendants.
3. Poverty: Introducing a labor pool in connection with companies / Creating jobs to improve the elderly’s self esteem / Education for jobs
4. Lonliness: Research on lonliness and depression / Running a university for the elderly / Providing group conseling services
5. Housing: Supplying sharehouses / Providing housing management services / Creating environment for co exsting with pets
Mayor Oh Se hoon said, “We will start to resolve the five major pain of one household citizens who are uncomfortable and anxious because they live alone. Single person households are a major member of society but policies are not keeping up despite the rapid increase. Starting with the establishment of the taskforce, we will develop policies that users actually need and provide comprehensive support.