Woman lived underground for 20 years
“He often quarrels with me,” Quan said.
On Friday the underground utility compartments were blocked with cement by the local Jiangtai community authority.
Ge Daoshun, a researcher of social policy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said it’s right for the local government to block those compartments because of the potential safety hazard.
But homeless people such as Quan, who chose to live this way, will only find other similar places to stay, Ge said.
Chen Tao, a professor at China Youth University for Political Sciences, said it’s hard for old people with children to get help from the social assistance system because their families are supposed to support them.
Adults who are capable of supporting their parents are obliged by China’s Constitution to do so.
But many people like Quan don’t get help from families, Chen explained.
Chen said that a professional social worker team should be created to evaluate whether older people need social assistance, instead of only taking into account whether they have relatives.