HCM City aims to reduce the rate of poor families to less than 5.4 per cent by the year-end, according to the city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
For the next six months, the city plans to launch more poverty-reduction programmes and offer more social subsidies as well as financial support to poor families, especially those with an annual income of VND7 million (US$338) per capita.
The programmes include building a network of job centres and holding more job fairs, and providing more business loans to poor families.
The department will also update the list of new poor families in the city in order to ensure that they benefit from the city's preferential policies.
In a recent workshop between the City People's Committee and the department last month, the department reported that 229 poor people were employed and 12 poor labourers were sent to work overseas during the first six months of the year.
Currently, the city has 103,709 poor families with an annual income of VND12 million ($579) per capita, accounting for 5.68 per cent of the total number of the city's families.
The city's poverty reduction fund has provided loans of more than VND188.8 trillion ($9.1 million) to 37,244 poor families in the city since the beginning of this year.
The city provided health insurance cards to 207,570 poor people and subsidised school fees, with total funds of VND8.8 billion ($425,121), to poor students in the first six months of the year.
The city has also provided additional subsidies to help with increasing electricity prices.
Some districts have encouraged kindergartens and home-based nurseries to refrain from charging higher fees for poor families and low-income workers. — VNS