Social Development

Problems associated with homeless or displaced people are dealt with in a holistic way.

Our social development programme offers information, referral, and support and case management to a large number of people.

With Khulisa Streetscapes as our development advisory partner since mid 2019, we’ve expanded our services to this community.

In addition to individualised case management, we offer a work-based rehabilitation diversion programme to those on the streets of Observatory – offering a combination of counselling, group sessions and street side support to a team who, in return, complete work assignments inside of the OBSID urban management programme.

In August 2020, we piloted a supportive housing pilot programme, a combination of housing and services intended as a cost-effective way to help people live more stable, productive lives.

Applying “housing first” principles, this type of housing resource, offered with less stringent conditions regarding substance use or mental health treatment, has been shown to be an effective way of addressing homelessness.  Read our FAQ’s here: https://obsid.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Frequently-asked-questions-about-the-Obs-supportive-housing-pilot-30-July-2020.pdf

We’ve also partnered with the Straatwerk Ophelp Projekte team – offering training in graffiti removal as well as earning opportunities to vulnerable (often homeless) individuals.

In partnership with Afrikaburn, we’ve installed 2 toilet units in the public spaces, for use by anyone who needs them.

We continue to refer individuals in need to medical facilities (or accompany them where this is needed) and counselling services at day hospitals and partner organisations.