City of Cape Town’s new Reintegration and Rehabilitation Programme for Street People to be piloted in Ward 57

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Jun 30, 2011 6 Comments ›› Brett Herron

The City of Cape Town’s pilot project for the reintegration and rehabilitation of homeless people was presented at a recent meeting of the Ward 57 Social Issues Forum. This programme is the culmination of an assessment of previous City programmes and is an attempt to deal with the weaknesses in those interventions – in particular the sustainabilty of reintegration. The good news for us is that the pilot project will be rolled out in Ward 57, with the target commencement date being 1 August 2011.

Ward 57 was selected for the pilot project because of the combined good work of the Social Issues Forum, various NGO’s that operate and co-operate in the ward, and the number of fieldworkers already working in the area. The Ward had its “ducks in a row” and the required support and information is already in place. For this we must thank and congratulate the Social Issues Forum, which has been at the forefront of spearheading a coordinated response to the homeless peoples issue.

The Reintegration and Rehabilitation programme will seek to assist 100 homeless people within the boundaries of Ward 57. The programme will be run by a service provider appointed in terms of the City’s procurement procedures. The starting point for the programme will be the work of 6 Fieldworkers. There are already 4 fieldworkers operating within the ward, employed buy an NGO and 3 Improvement Districts respectively. An additional 2 fieldworkers will be employed by the service provider.

The Fieldworkers, who already have relationships with many of the people who live on the streets within our ward, will refer the homeless people to an Assessment Centre. The proposal is for the Service Provider to establish an Assessment Centre, to be located at Oude Molen. The Assessment centre will have an overnight sleeping area with bed space for 10 people, ablution facilities and facilities to provide nutrition. The assessment centre will be staffed by a social worker and an auxliary worker and an assessment of the needs of the client will determine the intervention the programme will provide. In some cases the client will be transported back home, to where ever that may be. In those cases where the client is not a good candidate for transporting back to their home they will be referred into the programme for reintegration and rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation and reintegration programme will be at temporary shelters where the client will be required to reside for 3 months. At these shelters, which will be managed by house-mothers, the client will be taken through a formal programme, the content of which will include: mental health, physical health, skills development, life skills, job readiness, employment and substance abuse. The objective will be to prepare the client to move onto second phase accomodation and to be able to secure and/or manage a predictable, constant income stream.

The pilot project will be the basis for the roll out of this new programme to other parts of the city once the impact of this intervention has been properly assessed and measured.


  1. Nina Foley says:

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  3. Ward 103 Resident says:

    Excellent project. However CCC is now using LUPO Section 15(1)(a)(ii) for application for Council’s consent to operate any large house, in any area as a re-integration home. This could apply to any type of “business” without credentials (or simply being registered as a NPO) be it a “boarding house/B&B” type of establishment. It would most likely attract applications from run down properties, non-resident owners who are awaiting for redevelopment of their area.
    Yes, an immediate need for homeless may well have been served, but if the community in general is awaiting “up-liftment” and “re-development” then the granting of this type of application, no matter how short term, could be problematic.

  4. Yukesh says:


    we as part of our CSI drive and to provide schools with technology have embarked on a similar reintegration project in Bloubergstrand and will like to solicit the assistance of your office in this regard.



  5. I need help i need a rehab for my brother, have no money, he is done all of his accessment, he is smoking drugs

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