To provide much needed services to displaced people in commemoration of World Homeless Day
Wembley Stadium homeless shelter is a partnership between the City of Joburg’s Department of Social Development and the Gauteng Department of Social Development. The shelter is a non-permanent accommodation that currently caters for 60 men between the ages of 19 and 59 years old. Beneficiaries stay at the shelter for a maximum of six months.
Social Development organised stakeholders to provide services to displaced people. The Department of Health vaccinated individuals. Home Affairs was on hand to help displaced people apply for identity documents and the South African Social Security Agency gave displaced people information on how to apply for the Covid-19 R350 relief grant.
The Wembley Stadium homeless shelter is run by the non-profit organisation Kusasa Lethu and is funded by the Gauteng Department of Social Development.
“The shelter offers a holistic development programme for displaced people that looks at the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of each person. Those with health issues are referred to clinics or provincial hospitals and those with emotional issues are referred to psychologists,” said Makhosonke Dlamini programme administrator at Kusasa Lethu.
Displaced people are referred to the shelter by social workers. At the shelter displaced people are offered skills such as construction, IT skills, completion of matric and art skills. It is hoped that after their stay at the shelter beneficiaries will be integrated back into society.