Surge in number of homeless Capetonians seeking shelter - Haven Night Shelter

Cape Town's Haven Shelter says more people have been knocking at its doors since the start of a cold front on Tuesday.

Weather conditions have worsened with heavy rains and gale force winds, in what is believed to be the worst storm the city has experienced in 30 years.

Last night from about half past five, we had more people knocking on our doors, cold and hungry. We managed to take in people so that we have 97% occupancy so 1 056 people slept in the Haven last night.

Hassan Khan, CEO at Haven night shelter

Our response firstly to use formal beds, we increased the beds, thanks to the City's intervention....

Hassan Khan, CEO at Haven night shelter

The Haven has asked residents to drop off donations in the form of blankets and non-perishable foods.

We are currently short of blankets, clothing, non-perishable foods and baby stuff like baby formula.

Hassan Khan, CEO at Haven night shelter

Our primary role is to help homeless people back to their home, and community, our secondary role is to be a pipeline to the poor.

Hassan Khan, CEO at Haven night shelter

On social media, residents have been asked to lend a hand where possible.

The city's Disaster Risk Management says it has set up an emergency shelter for informal dwellers affected by the storm.

READ: #CapeStorm: Emergency shelters ready for displaced residents

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Keep revisiting the EWN #CapeStorm live blog for updates


This article first appeared on 702 : Surge in number of homeless Capetonians seeking shelter - Haven Night Shelter


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