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Articles of Interest: More money? What for?

Not much detail about how the massive increase of the City’s street people budget is going to be spent. A little more information here. This article mentions a closing date for NGO applications: 29 May and there is also mention of Winter Readiness here. This recent spate of articles raises a number of flags. It seems to be cut-and-paste [...]

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Articles of Interest: Dilemma of Cape’s homeless

  Helen Bamford asked for some opinions from Greg Andrews and Hassan Khan and you’ll find a few of them in this article. It is a well written and balanced piece that clearly demonstrates the complexities, conflicts and unanswered questions about our society’s collective response to street people. There are no simple answers and we [...]

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Articles of Interest: a non-punitive response

A very positive move by Business Fighting Crime who are engaging with SWEAT on alternatives to a punitive approach to sex workers. It’s particularly impressive that BFC are even calling for decriminalization. Call to offer alternatives to prostitution

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Articles of Interest: Solving homelessness: housing first

This is an article about the man whose visionary experiment ultimately enabled the state of Utah to ‘solve the homelessness problem’. While the universal applicability of the programme is debatable, there is a universal applicability to the principle: see people on the streets as resilient and industrious survivors rather than victims or failures. Meet the outside who accidentally [...]

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Articles of Interest: Street People = Criminal?

Suzette Little (MayCo member CoCT Social Development Directorate) addressed a recent Community Police Forum meeting in Diep River regarding street-based people. What is interesting is that despite the police’s verification that crime is actually decreasing, there seems to be more and more concern about the presence of street people. The implicit and pervasive association of [...]

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Articles of Interest: “We’re being targeted!”

Published today, this article does a great job of communicating a problematic issue. I am aware that the journalist concerned had a hard time verifying information, so what has been published is just the tip of the ice-berg, as it were. What is encouraging is the work of this group of people on the streets [...]

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Articles of Interest: Cause of addiction – not what you think

For many street-based people addiction is an ever present guilt trip and a source of reinforcement for their alienation. This article looks at recent data that suggests that our understanding of addiction may need revision. The likely cause of addiction has been discovered, and it’s not what you think

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Articles of Interest: Banning soup kitchens

There’s a trend in developed countries of banning soup kitchens for the homeless. Recently this stakes have been hightened in the USA with threats of arrest. Here are two articles on the subject: Activist risks jail to feed the needy 9 important things you need to know about homeless feeding bans What’s worth noting for [...]

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Articles of Interest: The cost of mental health

Street-based people experience a disproportiante incidence of mental health disorders all over the world. This is no exception in South Africa. What’s troubling is the profound lack of resources given to what amounts to the third highest disease burden in the country. Here’s an article that compares the cost of treating mental health disorders and [...]

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Articles of Interest: Walking down the street…

This is an article about the recent video on YouTube featuring Sakkie van Wyk, who lives on Cape Town’s streets. Hassan Khan’s comments are on the mark in terms of the significance of this video. Perhaps good PR but no conclusions are possible. Thanks for … nothing  

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