Hope for the Homeless - Changing Cape Town’s Urban Poverty Landscape

Online since 5.06.2018 • Filed under Advertorial
Hope for the Homeless - Changing Cape Town’s Urban Poverty Landscape

Streetscapes is bridging the gap between urban agriculture, local economy and community in an effort to reduce the growing challenge of homeless people in Cape Town. Streetscapes provides imaginative interventions in the city of Cape Town by creating work opportunities and supporting the chronically homeless through a transition from handouts to hands up to handshakes. It’s programme provides income, daily routine, and dignity. It is a vital and proven portal to navigate the homeless out of poverty and support their transition towards meaningful lives.

Streetscapes demonstrates that people living on the streets are highly motivated to work and re-build their lives. After six months of earning R2,400.00 per month, 77% of the beneficiaries had moved off the streets and 68% had addressed their drinking and/or drug use. A significant 73% have found employment either at the garden or through being involved in the project.

These individuals report an improved mental & health state, reduced use of substances, ability to reconnect with family, a sense of purpose in life, able to earn an income and pay tax, as well as being part of a supportive network and giving back by helping others.

Benefits to residents, business owners and the city of Cape Town include: a reduction in cost to the tax payer as the homeless become tax-paying and contributing members of society, the reoffending rate of these individuals dropped from 85% to 11% which reduces tax payer costs in terms of arrest, court room and prison stay expenses, and area’s in social decline are turned into beautiful areas where residents now eagerly visit.

How the public can support

  1. Buy Direct:

The general public can buy fresh 100% pesticide free veg from both our gardens every week day 8am -3.30pm and Saturdays 9am - 12pm or they can purchase our produce from Granger Bay OZCF market. There will be a market stall by mid June in Roeland street garden that has ‘ready-to-go-home-with-you’ bundled veg available daily 9-3 pm. Payments can be made via cash, snap scan, or previously arranged EFT.

Produce available this week:

Spring onion - R 13 bunch

Leek - R 12 bunch

Basil - R 15 / 100 g

Oregano - R 15 / 100 g

Parley - R 20 / 100g

Lettuce - R 12

Flat kale - R 12 per bunch

Beetroot - R 15 per bunch

Visit Streetscapes Roeland garden: corner Roeland and Drury streets (Left side of Food Lovers Market)

Phone: Zoliswa, Supervisor, 076 331 2993 / Manager Jesse 083 700 6064

Visit Streetscapes Trafalgar garden, Trafalgar High school, corner Philip Kgosana Drive and Kuyper street (entrance through drive in gate opposite 25 Kuyper Street)

Phone: Shamiela, Supervisor 071 688 8651 / Manager Jesse 083 700 6064

2. Support businesses who support us:

Doppio Zero, restaurant, St George’s Mall, Danny Dilberto, Manager, 073 720 8088

House of H, restaurant, Loop Street, Heinrich Koen, Owner, 079 083 9332

Oranjezicht market, Granger Bay, Sheryl Ozinsky, Owner, 083 628 3426

3. Donate towards the third garden:

We have been offered 1000 m2 of land on Constitution Street to create another green productive oasis in this sad looking area and to help  address the homeless problem in the area. The garden will also be watered by fresh spring water that would otherwise just be going down the drain.

We need your help to bring this third garden to life. Before the garden and gardeners can flourish, we need R 200 000 to establish the area, cost breakdown as follows:

R 65,675 - Fence (150 m, 1.8 m height)

R 34,500 - Compost (100 metric cubes)

R 5,500 - Seedlings (5000 plants)

R 1,100 - Eco pellets (10 bags)

R 750 - Cow Manure (50 bags)

R 20,450 - Garden shed (3mx3m), Benches, Sorting Tables

R 7.500 - Pipes, Flow tees/elbows, Druppers for Irrigation system

R 5,460 - Spades/Wheelbarrows/Watering cans/Forks/Spades

R 50,115 - labor 10 homeless people 2.5 months

R 5,000 - Painter and paint

R 3,950 - Marketing materials, signage

All donations to Streetscapes are tax-deductible and Khulisa issues SARS 18 A certificates.

Click here to donate towards our Constitution Street garden.

For more information or to arrange interviews for Streetscapes please contact Jesse Laitinen jesse@khulisa.org.za Ph: 083 700 6064

For more information on Khulisa Social Solutions please contact Hayley Reichert hayley@khulisa.org.za

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