'Give Dignity' initiative: City of Cape Town helps homeless citizens

'Give Dignity' initiative: City of Cape Town helps homeless citizens

The City of Cape Town wants to reach out even more to homeless people

- The aim and hope is to give them a feeling of dignity

- That's why the 'Give Dignity' initiative is so important - it's about making people feel human again.

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Cape Town is putting into effect new initiatives that are meant to help the homeless people living on its streets.

That's why the 'Give Dignity' campaign was created and launched recently.

The campaign is going to make it easier for the public to donate to organisations that are involved with the homeless and shelters.

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Cape Town is known for offering help and services to its homeless citizens, Briefly.co.za gathered.

The new initiative is hopefully going to make a difference in the lives of even more people.

The city's Councillor Badroodien said:

"Already, we are seeking to find funding and locations to replicate the project in other parts of the city. However, we are cognizant of the fact that homelessness is an immensely complex issue that many cities around the world grapple with."
"While we set out to plot the way forward for Cape Town, we ask our residents to work with the City in finding lasting solutions. Most critical is to support our ‘Give Dignity’ campaign, which will ensure that donations are distributed to registered organisations working with street people and the City’s Safe Space for street people."
"It is a fact that indiscriminate handouts do more harm than good, as they keep people on the street instead of accessing the services that are available to them. Our street people population statistics will enable all levels of government to make necessary policy changes aimed at increasing or improving initiatives to support those individuals who sleep rough in the city."
"We are excited to host the street people summit in October this year, in collaboration with our partners, which is sure to drive innovative policy solutions to addressing and supporting our street people."

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GoodThingsGuy reports that this initiative comes at the same time as the release of the latest figures on the homeless in the city.

Cape Town has verified the data for its latest enumeration which puts the street people population at an estimated 6 175, a decrease of 16% since the last count.

The study was conducted over 18 days in November 2018.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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