Joburg homeless moved from YMCA due to lack of food, security

Joburg homeless moved from YMCA due to lack of food, security

The City of Johannesburg says a lack of security and food has forced it to move homeless people from the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) in Orlando East, Soweto.

Homeless person

The city earlier reached an agreement with the organisation to house the home at its shelter for the duration of the 21-day national lockdown.

Spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase says the city decided to bus the homeless to the YMCA as its facilities were already oversubscribed.

“However, the number grew overnight as word spread out that YMCA is accommodating homeless, increasing the numbers that were initially accounted for.

“As these growing numbers were not anticipated, this resulted into the shortage of food and other supplies and posed a challenge to the provision of security on site.”

The homeless were subsequently moved to various recreational centres across the city.

“The city is working with the provincial Department of Social Development to ensure that the homeless are housed, fed and secured in the city’s facilities,” Ndamase says.



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