City gives to homeless shelters

2015-06-16 06:01
Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development, announced the 17 shelters to benefit from the Cityand#039;s winter budget.

Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development, announced the 17 shelters to benefit from the Cityand#039;s winter budget.

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The Multi-service Centre in Pickwick Road in Salt River is one of 17 shelters that will benefit from the City budget to improve the lives of the homeless this winter.

At a briefing held in Maitland, Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development, announced the list of NGOs that will benefit from aid to the tune of more than R600 000 to help street people seeking shelter this winter. This is part of the City’s preparations for this year’s winter.

The City will be distributing aid in the form of blankets, mattresses, non-perishable food, toiletries and other things to the NGOs to increase their capacity to deal with the number of street people seeking shelter and help during the winter months.

Budget doubledThis year, the social development and early childhood development directorate has more than doubled its budget for the programme, from R280 000 last year to just over R600 000 this year.

The 17 shelters that will benefit are situated across the city, including Somerset West, Bellville, Elsies River, Retreat, Wynberg, Woodstock and Green Point.

“The weather service has predicted above normal rainfall and lower than normal maximum temperatures into early spring, so the shelters are going to be extremely busy. We hope that our winter programme will help to lighten the load and put the shelters in a position to assist every person who needs help.

“I also appeal to street people to make use of the services available to them. Yes, the shelters come with rules and regulations, but that has to be a better option than trying to sleep rough in near freezing temperatures,” said Little.

Keeping them off the streets

In addition to providing aid to shelters, the City will continue its daily interventions aimed at securing more long-lasting solutions for street people who want help.

The directorate’s fieldworkers are deployed across Cape Town to engage with street people and facilitate access to services for them.

The directorate’s reintegration unit is now also in its sixth month of operation and helps street people return to their communities of origin and to ensure that they have the necessary support to prevent a return to the streets.

“We are reminding our residents to please give responsibly. Parting with some loose change at an intersection or outside the mall keeps that individual on the street and therefore vulnerable to the elements.

“Please make a concerted effort to support shelters or other civic organisations instead, so that we can all contribute to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who find themselves on the streets,” added Little.

Contact the City on 0800 872 201 to find out how you can donate to organisations that help street people. Alternatively, SMS “Give” to 38802 to donate R10. The funds will be used to supplement the street people programme.

The Multi-service Centre in Pickwick Road in Salt River is one of 17 shelters that will benefit from the City budget to improve the lives of the homeless this winter.

At a briefing held in Maitland, Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development, announced the list of NGOs that will benefit from aid to the tune of more than R600 000 to help street people seeking shelter this winter. This is part of the City’s preparations for this year’s winter.

The City will be distributing aid in the form of blankets, mattresses, non-perishable food, toiletries and other things to the NGOs to increase their capacity to deal with the number of street people seeking shelter and help during the winter months.

Budget doubledThis year, the social development and early childhood development directorate has more than doubled its budget for the programme, from R280 000 last year to just over R600 000 this year.

The 17 shelters that will benefit are situated across the city, including Somerset West, Bellville, Elsies River, Retreat, Wynberg, Woodstock and Green Point.

“The weather service has predicted above normal rainfall and lower than normal maximum temperatures into early spring, so the shelters are going to be extremely busy. We hope that our winter programme will help to lighten the load and put the shelters in a position to assist every person who needs help.

“I also appeal to street people to make use of the services available to them. Yes, the shelters come with rules and regulations, but that has to be a better option than trying to sleep rough in near freezing temperatures,” said Little.

Keeping them off the streets

In addition to providing aid to shelters, the City will continue its daily interventions aimed at securing more long-lasting solutions for street people who want help.

The directorate’s fieldworkers are deployed across Cape Town to engage with street people and facilitate access to services for them.

The directorate’s reintegration unit is now also in its sixth month of operation and helps street people return to their communities of origin and to ensure that they have the necessary support to prevent a return to the streets.

“We are reminding our residents to please give responsibly. Parting with some loose change at an intersection or outside the mall keeps that individual on the street and therefore vulnerable to the elements.

“Please make a concerted effort to support shelters or other civic organisations instead, so that we can all contribute to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who find themselves on the streets,” added Little.

Contact the City on 0800 872 201 to find out how you can donate to organisations that help street people. Alternatively, SMS “Give” to 38802 to donate R10. The funds will be used to supplement the street people programme

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