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Homeless Network

The National Homeless Network is a movement that brings together over a dozen organisations in eight cities across South Africa.

The National Homeless Network is a movement that brings together over a dozen organisations in eight cities across South Africa.


It includes practitioners, NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, local homeless forums, activists, academics, and most importantly current and former homeless individuals. It also partners with various government institutions and departments.

The Network was established in 2017, and held its 3rd annual meeting held in November 2019 in Bloemfontein, Mangaung.

The Network seeks collectively across South Africa to help prevent homelessness, to improve the conditions of people who are homeless, and to find pathways out of homelessness.

The Mandate of the Network is focused on the following four activities:

  1. Advocating for the homeless with National government and supporting advocacy at Provincial and Municipal levels
  2. Liaising at all levels with Government departments and institutions
  3. Sharing information on best practice, policies from across SA and the world
  4. Sharing research and developing a common research agenda

To contact the National Homeless Network, email Wayne Renkin on national-network@homeless.org.za

National Homeless Network members:

The list of members is currently under development so please be patient as we fill in some gaps.  If you are involved in supporting the homeless and are interested in joining the network, please use the email given above.


City Organisation Email Website
Bloemfontein Bloemshelter info@exellerate.co.za  httpss://www.bloemshelter.co.za/
Bloemfontein NG Church Bloemfontein rikus.vanzyl@liblink.co.za 
Bloemfontein QPT ward23@futurefreestate.co.za 
Bloemfontein Towers of Hope Trust dlh@towersofhope.org  https://www.towersofhope.org/
Buffalo City Nahoon Community Outreach jfreebx@yahoo.com 
Cape Town New Hope SA socialworker@newhopesa.org  httpss://www.newhopesa.org/
Cape Town The Haven Night Shelter info@haven.org.za  httpss://www.haven.org.za/
Cape Town U-turn jon@homeless.org.za  httpss://homeless.org.za/
Durban Denis Hurley Centre raymond@denishurleycentre.org  https://www.denishurleycentre.org/
Durban Grace Aid dave@grace.org.za  https://graceaid.org/about-us
Durban I Care anne@icare.co.za  httpss://icare.co.za/
Durban We are Durban linda@wearedurban.com  httpss://wearedurban.com/
Johannesburg JOSH ceo.joburghomeless@gmail.com  https://joburghomeless.org/
Pietermaritzburg Life Changer carriig@hotmail.com  httpss://www.lifechangersa.org/
Tshwane Centre for Faith and Community at the University of Pretoria stephan.debeer@up.ac.za httpss://www.up.ac.za/centre-for-contextual-ministry/article/24665/about-us
Tshwane Homeless Upliftment Projects hupnpo@gmail.com  www.hupsa.org.za
Tshwane Tshwane Leadership Foundation wayne@tlf.org.za  https://tlf.org.za/
Tshwane Yeast City Housing ezekiel@ych.org.za  https://www.ych.org.za/home