Urban Life

Social Welfare and Relief

The growth of Shanghai’s social welfare and relief programs gained pace, and a Shanghai-style senior care system featuring
different standards was established. By the end of 2008, the city
had a total of 582 seniors’homes, providing 80,600 beds.
There were also 228 community-based elderly day-care centers.
The governments at all levels invested 1.401 billion yuan in
public relief programs. More people were covered by the hous-
ing welfare program as the government expanded the program.
The number of families enjoying the low-rent housing reached
44,000. The city steadily increased help to the disabled people.
The year saw 82 charitable businesses start operation in the
city, offering jobs to an additional 1,385 disabled people. The
city also renovated barrier-free facilities at 628 public venues.

Social Welfare and Relief