WINTER SHELTER PROGRAMME CAPE TOWN BEGINS JUNE 5. SOME CROSSED WIRES between shelters and street people
There will be 10 extra mattresses in each shelter subsidised by dept of social development (all shelters and where not Coc is helping too ) . This is not generally known to many on the street or Soup kitchens so please help get the message out.
The places will probably fill up very fast as most shelters are already full at time of writing with only intermittent spaces available as a few come and go.
pets are not catered for. However couples are in a manner of speaking at some shelters which have both female and male seperate dormitories , and so are over 60s in certain shelters.
* CROSSED WIRES BETWEEN STREET PEOPLE AND SOME SHELTERS .
We know from some people on street there are problems theyd like to see addressed at shelters. Especially the process of access to shelters , the question of paying for shelters, and there are questions about whether some policies are properly carried out at all shelters.Few on the street are aware of not having to pay until one can afford it ..of how long one can stay. (apparently policy is that there is no time limit as each gets person ideally is given personal development plan to reintegrate ultimately in jobs homes or families and so on.. but the fact that people on street do not know this and continually tell one they told they are only allowed to stay 3-6 months (Haven) is a matter for concern that hopefully we can together find ways to bring the correct messages out
Assumptions by some supervisors we are told that everyone is a drug addict, and especially judgemental attitudes around this and the moving people on to other drug testing places without any assistance getting there . . And other issues, around which there seems to be much misinformation on the street and even by inhabitants of some shelters themselves..
Blame will help noone though. Is it possible to dialogue in a spirit of cooperation? I have met some wonderful managers and social workers. But one might like to see more transparency generally and more effort to empathise with street people problems and how the food tickets dont work for everyone due to distances and taxi fares for some ..and so on ..
Meantime there is the rains to consider and who else but shelters are providing space as best they can ? Perhaps we should be cognizant of that fact before we only point fingers?
* TSHWANE LEADING THE WAY DIALOGUING TO END HOMELESSNESS WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE.
At the same time can we voice our concerns on behalf of street people or even better BY street people, as for instance happened in public open forums which started in 2015 in Tshwane when 200 homeless folk were invited to listen and speak to City of Tshwane and other roleplayers https://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homelessn…/may-10th-2018 a fact that contributed towards Tshwane being named as one of the top 10 cities in the world to end homelessness or close by 2030 by the Institute of global homelessness http://www.ighomelessness.org/
Lets hope Cape town is taking note ?
But meantime lets get this message about the winter programme out onto the streets , you and me, when passing people on the street, but we dont have to do it in judgemental way. If there is a lot of misinformation ( whether from peoples actual experiences with shelters or rumours on the streets ) and if people have had negative experiences at shelters lets accept that and encourage better dialogue.
And lets give credit to shelters and the good people that also work in them. Its not us taking people into our homes after all.
Can we respect everyones choice whether to enter the winter program or not (and understand the very deep underlying psychological/poverty/addiction related in many cases issues underscoring such decisions? ) and we can be cognizant that a short while after JUNE 5 the spaces will probably again be mostly full (with only intermittent spaces opening up ) and not everyone is going to get in.
Approx 6000 still wont have space whether they like to go in or not sadly. here is list of some shelters https://www.westerncape.gov.za/social-develo…/facilities/847