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U-turn is an innovative organisation that is changing how communities responds to and address homelessness. Our results are positive and long term. Here are 3 innovative solutions that require funding for you or your business to consider

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Biometric readers to enhance data capturing & client identification

We would like to enhance our record keeping system by adding biometric reader technology to it so that all staff and indeed any non-profit that use the system could identify clients using finger prints. The latter would reduce data capturing time, reduce duplicates in client data and also eliminate the possibility of fraudulent service deliver recording in the field.

If you have access to biometric reader technology or are able to fund us to develop the technology ourselves, we would be very keen to hear from you.

Citywide database to enable greater partnerships and collaboration between NGOs

We would like to see all street people charities working in the city to be able to share information with each other about who they are serving and in what way. This will enable charities to eliminate duplication of services amongst themselves and will also allow for effective referrals and case management. In order for this to happen we believe we need to create a city-wide database so that all services rendered in the sector can be visible to other authorised service providers. Various cities across the world have already built similar solutions and we would like to create that for Cape Town too.

In pursuit of this dream, U-turn created the DELSTAT M&E suite that sits on the Salesforce platform. This allows individual charities to capture client service delivery activities and also then shares a copy of this to a central database (called DELSTAT Central). The system as it stands already contains the major building blocks required for a citywide database. If we could bring this system to the other partners in Cape Town, we could significantly enhance service delivery to street people in the city! All this requires is funding so that 15 non-profits could adopt the system. To adopt the technology would cost approx. R80 000 –R120 000 per non-profit and this will also bring them the other benefits of a modern, state of the art CRM system, currently used by over 30 000 non-profits globally.

If you share the dream of better collaboration between non-profits and are able to provide funds so that other non-profits to adopt the technology, we would be very keen to hear from you.

A Mother City Campus for the homeless to start services for the missing 5000 street people

Cape Town currently has 7500 homeless individuals of which only 2500 are in shelters! It means 5000 people are sleeping rough each night! Faced with this HUGE backlog of infrastructure and subsequent service delivery, we dreaming of a day when we could create a campus for homeless people where up to 120 individuals can live, receive training and work at the same time. We have drawn up plans that show that we would need approx. 4000m2 and R12m per annum to operate it. The businesses we would run on the premises would assist to keep the costs down and in time, will eliminate the need for on-going funding altogether. Anyone who can assist us to make this plan become a reality (eg you have industrial space in Cape Town, or you have substantial funds to help us to acquire the infrastructure) should please be in contact.

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