Resource: Pathways out of Homelessness

Pathways out of homelessness is a research report compiled in 2015 in the City of Tshwane. SPF shares the report here as a resource. Extract from the introduction: “Pathways out of homelessness is the focus, the interest, and the commitment of the collaborative research project described in this Research Report. It is a research project [...]

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Articles of Interest: Homeless shelter talks hit obstacle

The following article appeared in the Cape Argus on Wednesday July 13, 2016.  Attempts by the city council to reduce the number of homeless people have hit a brick wall after negotiations to secure a building where people could be kept, fell flat. The mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development, Suzette [...]

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City of Cape Town Research: An investigation of homelessness within the City of Cape Town

Map produced by City of Cape Town plotting the total population of street people.

In 2015 the City of Cape Town’s Directorate of Social Development and Early Childhood Development commissioned research “to enumerate, to understand the phenomenon of homelessness, and to make suitable recommendations for intervention strategies and implementation plans within the City of Cape Town.” The research, in which several of the SPF member organisations participated, is presented here [...]

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Access to City’s research

Last year the City of Cape Town’s Social and Early Childhood Development Department completed a metropole wide survey of street-based people and research into the nature of the problems street-based people face. This research also developed some theoretical frameworks in consultation with NGO partners. NGOs were initially reticent to participate but eventually did so on the assurance [...]

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Media Release: Winter is Coming: Ready or Not

WINTER IS COMING: READY OR NOT One of the few key initiatives by City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate, which supposedly aims to service street people, is the Winter Readiness Programme. In theory the programme seeks to bolster existing independent service providers in the sector, in particular shelters, with additional [...]

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Letter to the Editor: The Dignity Project

Letter to the Editor: The Dignity Project

This letter to the editor of the Cape Argus appeared on Thursday April 28, 2016. As the Street People’s Forum (SPF), a sector body of organisations whose clients include people living on the streets of Cape Town, we have been delighted and encouraged to follow The Dignity Project in the Cape Argus over the past [...]

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Articles of Interest: The shelter that gives wine to alcoholics

In various places around the world, harm-reduction strategies are showing great gains in dealing with addiction. Many of these projects are not only dealing with the difficult process of helping people get free of addiction but also confronting society at large about morality and how examined norms have led to harmful policies. Here’s a fascinating [...]

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Articles of Interest:

Bernard Chiguvare wrote a lovely story for GroundUp about one of the Streetscapes participants whose going from strength to strength. Bernard also wrote a story about Robert, who has been a regular at the Service Dining Rooms for many years but has responded well to the opportunity offered through TrashBack’s HBBC depot at the Service [...]

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Articles of Interest: “No room for the homeless”

Here’s a great GroundUp article by Bernard Chiguvare who attended the CoCT Social Development Directorate’s media briefing on the street people survey 2 weeks ago. A great deal of work went into this article – proper journalism! It’s a worthwhile read. Of interest to me is the contradiction between Suzette Little’s comments and those of prominent [...]

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Articles of Interest: What’s a home?

Two articles today are instructive in helping us understand the complexities of the situation on the streets. Homeless… This People’s Post article by Astrid Februarie has comments from various street-based people living in the Constantia neighbourhood. The problem is a simple one but it is a difficult one to solve: Cornelius Davids cannot find work [...]

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