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Presentation on the Displaced Peoples' Unit by Dikeledi Mashigo, 31 August 2011

Presentation on the Displaced Peoples' Unit by Dikeledi Mashigo, 31 August 2011


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  • 1. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HUMAN DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE DISPLACED PERSONS UNIT (DPU) ASSISTANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING ON THE STREETS IN THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG Presentation by DPU 31 August 2011
  • 2. BACKGROUND
    • The mandate of the unit is 90% removal of children/people living and working on the street,
    • This intervention requires the participation of various City departments, Business sector and various NGOs,
    • The core of the intervention is removal, placements in alternative accommodation (shelters) and/or family reunification,
    • To provide life skills and other developmental programmes that would enable them to be self-reliant
    • The City have a five (5) pronged approach that needs to be taken, to address the problem of street children/people in Johannesburg
  • 3. PRIMARY OBJECTIVES
    • To enhance the co-ordination of all efforts aimed at improving the services rendered to children /people living and working on the streets ,
    • To contribute in improving the quality of life of the people by for the unemployed and To mobilise resources to Link the displaced to Job Pathways
    • Assist in the implementation of the City’ Strategy to address the challenges of children/people living and working on the street,
    • To create awareness regarding challenges of the displaced
    • To strengthen partnership with NGOs , business sector and civil society to ensure an integrated approach service delivery to children /people living and working on the street ,
  • 4. THE FIVE PRONGED APPROACH
    • Identification and elimination of hot spots
    • Provision of services to the homeless seven days a week.
    • Returning homeless people back home and or linking to services network after the family circumstances have been investigated
    • Initiate shelters for children and adults living and working on the streets (Three shelters: Wembley Shelter- children, Hospital Hill and 3 Kotze Str. Shelters - adults) Take the people through developmental programmes at the shelters.
    • Supporting and capacitating existing shelters
  • 5. DESIRED OUTCOMES
    • Ensuring a sustainable clean , accessible and child friendly environment ,
    • Appropriate databases and registers of street children/adults in the city
    • Enhancing individual and community participation in programmes aimed at improving the lives of the people living and working on the streets
    • All children/people living and working on the streets will be linked to support services and linked with their families/homes
    • Facilitate the development of a range of rehabilitative, preventative and capacity building programmes to be run in shelters
  • 6. PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS THE CITY
    • Partnerships established with various stakeholders serving the needs of the displaced:
    • Help trace families of the homeless who need to be reunified
    • Verification of family circumstances for the homeless reunified with families
    • Support people reunified with their families
    • Link dysfunctional families to accessible supportive services in the various communities
    • Identify new hotspots in the area and alert DPU
  • 7. OPERATIONS
    • The overall purpose of this function is to put in operation plans and systems for the removal and management of the displaced persons through:
    • Identification of hot spots (areas occupied by the homeless)
    • Allocation of resources for daily intervention
    • Development of intervention schedules for out reach purposes
    • Intake of displaced people at hotspots
    • Assessment at reception centers
    • Referral to relevant shelters or any other service provider
    • Support to families where displaced persons have been returned
    • Restructuring of cleared hotspots
  • 8. D: SHELTERS FOR DISPLACED PERSONS
    • The two City initiated shelters namely Wembley Child and Youth Care Centre- managed by Twilight Children and Hospital Hill – managed by MES for adults became operational in the previous financial year. New service providers have been appointed to render services to the displaced on behalf of the city and the mentioned facilities are in operation.
    • Hospital Hill designated to cater for young adults at a rate of 42 people per 30 days cycle
    • Wembley Shelter to be utilized for children at a rate of 50 children per 30 days cycle
    • Operational funding provided by the City.
    • 3 Kotze Night Shelter has been handed over in June 2011 by JDA after the facility has been refurbished. The process is seeking partners to assist with operational funding of this facility. The plan is to operationalise this facility in September 2011.
  • 9. PROGRAMMES FOR THE DISPLACED
    • Highlighting the problem of homelessness in the City.
    • Awareness campaigns hosted in various areas discouraging patrons and communities from giving donations directly to people on the streets and streets corners (money, food, clothing, blankets, etc)
    • Preventative programmes in schools
    • Identify and develop shelters in other regions
    • Network and advocate on behalf of the City’s initiative on people living and working on the streets
  • 10. CHALLENGES
    • There is a large number of adults sleeping on streets
    • Shelters overcrowded and not enough to absorb the large numbers of homeless people
    • Majority of the homeless with substance abuse problem
    • Demand for results on investment by business people
    • Stretched resources for people living and working on the streets
  • 11. Thank you
    • For any query or suggestion regarding the assistance and management of people living and working on the street, please contact
    • DPU Hotlines: 071 673 2112/2124