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An important initiative in Observatory that would also be useful in Woodstock.Khulisa Streetscapes (Streetscape's Community Projects) will be piloting a supportive housing model for people living on the streets of Observatory.

The OBSID has joined the project as a start-up funding partner, allowing for an expansion of their current partnership with Streetscapes, who have been funded by OBSID and offering social development services and sheltered work opportunities to people living on the streets in Observatory for the past 11 months.

Supportive housing is 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 conditions regarding substance use or mental health treatment, has been shown to be an effective way of addressing homelessness.

The project forms part of OBSID’s efforts to address homelessness in Observatory through a developmental approach that includes sheltered work opportunities in Observatory, harm reduction strategies and supportive housing programmes. It is not intended as a one size fits all solution, but as a pathway off the streets for those individuals who choose to participate in the project.

The project needs community support to make it a success – so please donate money, items or time if you can.

You can read more about the project here: obsid.org.za/streetscapes-and-obsid-partnering-on-supportive-housing/

FAQ’s here: obsid.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Frequently-asked-questions-about-the-Obs-supportive-housi...

Please contact Amanda at the OBSID on amanda@obsid.org.za or 021 448 7090 if you want to get involved or would like more information.

You can also contact Jesse Laitinen at Khulisa Streetscapes on jesse@khulisa.org.za.

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