The CCID’s Social Development team engages with the CBD’s most vulnerable on a daily basis, and concentrates much of its effort on assisting street people towards the services they need.
This is a vital component of any downtown that strives to be vibrant, resilient, tolerant and inclusive. The links the CCID’s team provides can assist street people towards a path of reunification with their families, channel them towards appropriate rehabilitation or medical care, refer them for a job opportunity or a skills development programme, or even just attempt to secure a safe place for the night.
The team comprises four fieldworkers (one of whom is a registered social worker) and a manager (also a registered social worker). Its work relies on building relationships of trust between the CCID and those in need. To this end, Social Development works closely with NGOs. Our primary partners include The Homestead (which offers accommodation, family reunification and reintegration services to boys living on the street), Ons Plek (which offers accommodation, family reunification and reintegration services to girls living on the street), Youth Solutions Africa (which provides shelter skills training programmes for men and women), The Carpenter's Shop (which provides ablution facilities, a second-phase shelter and vocational training), Khulisa Social Solutions (which engages in work-based rehabilitation for the chronically homeless), and Straatwerk (the rehabilitation NGO with whom the Urban Management department also works).
The CCID also works with U-turn Homeless Ministries, which works to uplift street people through shelter, training and rehabilitation.
The Cape Town Central City is often perceived to be an economically enabling environment where the homeless can support themselves. In 2008, the CCID conceptualised and launched the GIVE RESPONSIBLY call to action as an open-source campaign to raise awareness among the general public that we need to be looking for more sustainable solutions than just giving money to people begging on the streets.
Meet the Social Development team.
Meet some of the Straatwerk members from our 2015 Urban Management Clean Campaign.