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Fund set to help the disabled jobless

THE China Disabled Persons' Federation and the Ministry of Finance launched a plan yesterday to finance services for jobless people with mental and serious physical disabilities.

According to the "Sunshine Home" plan, the central government will earmark 600 million yuan (US$88 million) in the next three years toward a system to help disabled people.

Care homes, built by local governments, non-profit organizations or individuals, are eligible for the subsidy, according to the plan.

Poor families with members who have mental and severe physical disabilities also can apply for the aid if the disabled person is jobless and needs care.

China currently has more than 83 million disabled people. About 18 million of them suffer mental and severe physical disabilities, and are jobless, officials said.


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