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City distributes winter aid to organisations<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/shelter_edistribution.jpg" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town has disbursed aid to 16 organisations that have all successfully applied for assistance during winter. The aid consists of food, blankets, mattresses and toiletries to help cater for an expected increase in the number of street people seeking shelter during the cold winter months.</p> <p>The organisations were subject to a rigorous vetting process and 16 applicants met all of the criteria. These organisations all have overnight facilities which comply with the relevant health and safety requirements. Each successful applicant also had to agree to a site inspection before final approval was granted. A memorandum of agreement has been signed between the City and the respective organisations to ensure that all parties comply with their roles and responsibilities.</p> <span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Shelter_jp%20smith.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption><p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> ‘We know that winter is an especially hard time for people living on the street and we want to do what we can to assist organisations in providing street people with access to warm bedding, food, and toiletries. Homeless shelters are crucial in ensuring that street people are properly cared for in a safe environment. This aid will assist the various organisations as they cope with the increased demand when the cold sets in. <p>‘This is an example of how we’re working together with external parties to make a difference in people’s lives, in line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which focuses on building integrated communities through partnering with non-governmental organisations and businesses. I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who work in the city’s homeless shelters for the constant care they provide to some of Cape Town’s most vulnerable residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p> <p>In addition to the aid provided, the Social Development Department also facilitated fire safety inspections at all of the premises to ensure that population certificates are in order. The City’s Fire and Rescue Service will also provide training to organisations on fire safety interventions.</p> <p><strong>The organisations who received this aid are</strong><strong>:</strong></p> <table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:50%;">​Elim Night Shelter</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:50%;">​ 47 Third Avenue, Elsies River</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Bellville</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​2 South Street, Bellville</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Claremont</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5 Fir Street, Claremont</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, District Six</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​20 Selkirk Street, Cape Town</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Kalk Bay</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​139 Main Road, Kalk Bay</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Kensington</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Corner of 13th Avenue and Dapper Road, Kensington</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Kraaifontein</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​20 Van der Ross Street, Kraaifontein</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Napier Street</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​2 Napier Street, Green Point</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Retreat</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​10th Avenue, Retreat</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Woodstock</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​24 Dublin Street, Woodstock</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​The Haven Night Shelter, Wynberg</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​16a Piers Road, Wynberg</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Mould, Empower, Serve</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​3 Davis Street, Bellville</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Oasis Reach for Your Dream</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​28 Schaapkraal Road, Philippi</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Somerset West Night Shelter</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​71 Church Street, Somerset West</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Tygerberg Association of Street People</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​ 36 Charl Malan Street, Bellville</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Ubuntu Circle of Courage</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​16 Douglas Crescent, The Hague, Delft</td></tr></tbody></table> <span><br> <figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/shelter_Elim.jpg" style="width:500px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> The City would also like to remind the public of its Give Responsibly Campaign which seeks to create awareness so that if residents would like to help, they do so responsibly in order to assist street people in the long-term. The City calls on residents to please give responsibly by not giving hand-outs directly to street people, and instead donating to organisations and shelters that assist street people. <p>Members of the public are encouraged to contact the City’s toll-free number on <a>0800 872 201</a> to find out how they can assist.</p> <p> <br> <strong>End</strong></p>​​</span>​​</span> <p> </p>​​</span>2017-05-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2a5efaf1-c8d4-42be-8809-9638cebaefd5;L0|#02a5efaf1-c8d4-42be-8809-9638cebaefd5|shelter;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#81215d15-3400-4d23-aa99-fff3dbe187bf;L0|#081215d15-3400-4d23-aa99-fff3dbe187bf|Winter readiness;GP0|#058bfaeb-1ff4-4dd3-a4be-4980fcf7c771;L0|#0058bfaeb-1ff4-4dd3-a4be-4980fcf7c771|aid1

 

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