World Homeless Day 2021 backup

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This year, World Homeless Day on October 10th is significant as it falls just ahead of our City’s local elections 21 days later, November 1st. Given the public debate around our City’s by-laws and the visible increase in homelessness since Covid, U-turn along with the National Homeless Network, is calling the public to vote in by-laws that work and create a #City4All

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[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1632990195555{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}” el_id=”how”][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”5439″ img_size=”584×600″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″ css=”.vc_custom_1507110292638{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”5446″ img_size=”584×600″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”CHANGE-READINESS” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:17px|text_align:center|color:%23ededed|line_height:34px” google_fonts=”font_family:Arvo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1631712502354{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]You, our community, donate clothing and purchase U-turn Vouchers to give responsibly to the homeless. Vouchers provide food and clothing, and an entry point to change-readiness groups. Subscribe to U-turn Vouchers and we’ll post them to you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″ css=”.vc_custom_1507110298755{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”5451″ img_size=”584×600″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”REHABILITATION” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:17px|text_align:center|color:%23ededed|line_height:34px” google_fonts=”font_family:Arvo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1615212908890{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Thanks to this preparation and relationships of trust built, U-turn staff can encourage and screen people for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. We cover costs for transport and shelter during this time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″ css=”.vc_custom_1507110305803{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”5452″ img_size=”584×600″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”WORK-READINESS” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:17px|text_align:center|color:%23ededed|line_height:34px” google_fonts=”font_family:Arvo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1617102162391{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The U-turn work-readiness programme provides a work opportunity with on-the-job training, formal skills training, ongoing therapy and relapse prevention. Sponsor one lesson for R250 a month[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”5453″ img_size=”584×600″ alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_custom_heading text=”EMPLOYMENT” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:17px|text_align:center|color:%23ededed|line_height:34px” google_fonts=”font_family:Arvo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1615212898926{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]When ready, participants graduate by securing an independent job in the open labour market. 6 months after graduating, over 80% of our graduates remain employed and sober.  Contact us to hire a U-turn graduate[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”5438″ img_size=”584×600″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1631647867116{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}” el_class=”dark”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6237″ img_size=”full”][vc_custom_heading text=”Help make this work
#City4All” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:38pt|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none” css=”.vc_custom_1632136851793{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1632140226864{padding-right: 20% !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;padding-left: 20% !important;}”]

U-turn initiated a study for the cost of homelessness in Cape Town, in Coalition with Khulisa Streetscapes and MES Cape Town. This study shows that we spend more on homelessness than we realise. Maintaining the status quo is both ethically and financially unviable and unsustainable. The good news is we can learn from the U-turn programme and direct our spend toward development thus being both cost-effective toward Cape Town and effective toward the homeless. 

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6385″ img_size=”361×126″ alignment=”center”][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1632990206950{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 70px !important;}” el_id=”help”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1507110292638{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”6279″ img_size=”145X140″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”REACTIVE” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:17px|text_align:center|color:%23000000|line_height:34px” google_fonts=”font_family:Arvo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1631795249384{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]A staggering 45% of Cape Town’s spend went toward reacting to homelessness, either through an urban management requirement (e.g. cleaning), a security-based response, or increased demand on the criminal justice system. This is not working.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1507110298755{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”6334″ img_size=”145X140″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”DEVELOPMENTAL” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:17px|text_align:center|color:%23000000|line_height:34px” google_fonts=”font_family:Arvo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1631795235381{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Only 16% of Cape Town’s spend went toward long-term development. These are costs of providing direct services to the homeless such as shelter, food, ablutions, social support, skills development and economic empowerment. #ThisIsWorking with over 80 % of our U-turn graduates remaining employed and sober.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” style=”dashed” border_width=”3″ accent_color=”#84bd00″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1633443528501{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}” el_class=”dark” el_id=”21dayprayer”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”21 Day Prayer #City4All” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:38pt|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none” css=”.vc_custom_1632413407403{padding-bottom: 5px !important;}”][vc_separator color=”white” style=”dashed” border_width=”3″ el_width=”50″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1633010061178{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-right: 20% !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;padding-left: 20% !important;}”]

#ThisIsWorking, World Homeless Day is taking place Sunday, October 10th. Exactly 21 days thereafter, our local elections. Join us for 21 days of prayer leading up to the local elections,as we consider 4 key prayer points toward wise and godly decisions affecting the lives of those experiencing homelessness, creating a #City4All.

[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_tabs color=”black” active_section=”0″ pagination_style=”outline-round” pagination_color=”black”][vc_tta_section title=”Facilities” tab_id=”1632728929669-d6e1e96c-96da”][vc_column_text]-Secure accessible public facilities for both ablution and sanitation in each sub-council that are open 18 hours per day throughout the year Provision of toilets

-Increased safe sleeping spaces (also a first rung on the housing ladder)

-Mobile health services that are accessible and friendly to people experiencing homelessness and include support for people suffering from mental ill health

-Centres/hubs that provide daily service and therapeutic group sessions to meet basic daily needs and support a person to start a journey off the street.

-Big reduction in human waste found on the street in the mornings making the City a nicer place to be, reducing unavoidable by-law infringements, decreasing urban cleaning costs, and increasing dignity of those living on the streets.

-A city with improved level of primary health for all and support provided to people living on the street with mental ill health.

-Spaces people experiencing homelessness can go that provide psychosocial support and longer term assistance to leave the street.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Developmental” tab_id=”1632134027829-4d77f0ca-4e3f”][vc_column_text]-The city to switch its law enforcement policy on homelessness away from a focus on punitive actions e.g. fines, that do not make a person leave the street, to alternative proven and effective social development measures. Punitive responses to homelessness do not act as a deterrent (homelessness is growing) and undermine existing developmental work of service providers trying to help homeless people to leave the street long term.

-Not entrenching homelessness through a law enforcement approach & criminalization that makes it even harder for someone to leave the streets.

-A truly caring livable city that treats all equally before the law for all infringements.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Employment” tab_id=”1632134169386-37e49c50-a23d”][vc_column_text]-Provide at least 1000 long-term work-based skills development opportunities for people experiencing homelessness as part of a structured developmental rehabilitation programme (includes therapy, training and skills development). Provide incentives and implement quotas for businesses and the City of Cape Town to hire graduates of such developmental programmes.

-A thriving economy that reduces unemployment and puts more money into circulation locally and therefore the Fiscus both locally and nationally.

-Increase the flow of people through the programme by increasing the number of exit points. Also will increase the number of people within businesses and the City of Cape Town with lived experience on the street, improving programme planning and outcomes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Housing” tab_id=”1632134027843-6245af08-864b”][vc_column_text]-Need increased housing and accommodation options beyond homeless shelters. This will include both a full housing ladder approach (safe space, shelter, transitional housing, social housing, affordable housing), housing first options offering permanent housing, and innovative housing solutions, e.g. pods or container houses. All accommodation should be linked to daily developmental, rehabilitation and training programmes and cannot just be a short-term bed.

-A reduction in the number of people living on the street and the associated problems this brings (e.g. littering / human waste etc).
-Increased success of developmental programmes providing a pathway for people off the street.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][vc_video link=”https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7EQ0XgsasWnGNGR8mL7uqOGT6wV92fGR”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1633527833979{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-right: 20% !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;padding-left: 20% !important;}”]

 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

Revelation 22:1-2 

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