EThekwini Emergency Shelter Project

The initiative was in response to protect the vulnerable communities (homeless) against COVID19 as they did not have accommodation to self-isolate when the country declared a State of Disaster and subsequent lockdown. The program will continue beyond the pandemic as it addressed the needs of the homeless within the City context.

Stage of the project

Idea

Starting Up

Implementation

Realised

The results of the project so far

1. Improved health outcomes amongst homeless communities
2. Social Cohesion
3. Food security amongst vulnerable groups

What are specific, distinctive, strong elements in this project?

Engage all stakeholders at the beginning of the project and ensure that the are part of decision making process. Ensure that financial resources are secured before embarking on the project and allocate roles and responsibilities accordingly using strengths of stakeholders. Homeless community should form part of the steering committee as the critical stakeholder. Communicate the project deliverables and monitor progress on an ongoing basis

Which specific lessons, do's and don'ts would you like to share? What would be suggestions for others when preparing or implementing the project in their own city?

It provides a protective safety net for the marginalized communities who had no means of protecting themselves from the devastating effects of COVID19

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