Our global interdependence as a human family is seldom as visible as during Covid-19. All of us are affected. This repository is a reflection on how cities across the world respond to their most vulnerable populations during Covid-19, with specific reference to the realities of street homeless persons. The possibilities to maintain physical distance and self-isolation, whilst maintaining basic livelihoods, are very limited for this population. Practicing social solidarity in this context is the interest of this site, as well as retrieving possible resources for consideration, also beyond Covid-19.
why do we respond?
covid-19 crisis // April 1, 2020
This repository is hosted by the Centre for Faith and Community at the University of Pretoria, in conjunction with the National Homeless Network and the Tshwane Homelessness Forum.
The Centre for Faith and Community at the University of Pretoria is committed to engage in research that contributes to the transformation of local communities. One of its research themes is focusing on pathways out of homelessness.
The National Homeless Network is a movement bringing together over a dozen organisations in eight cities across South Africa. Bringing together NGOs, CBOs, FBIs, activists, academics and current and former homeless persons, it focuses on advocacy, government liaison, sharing of information on best practice, and developing a shared research agenda.
The Tshwane Homelessness Forum consists of NGO's, researchers, homeless and former homeless persons, church leaders, and city officials, with the single-minded objective to support homeless persons towards being re-integrated into communities, and to advocate on their behalf.
what is COVID-19
. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
- World Health Organisation