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CT looking into homeless reintegration ahead of winter

The city has almost tripled its budget to assist the homeless in the city ahead of winter.

FILE: Cold & homeless. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development Suzette Little on Monday said the City of Cape Town is looking at the reintegration of the homeless into society.

Little said, "What we're looking at is a reintegration unit that we formed in December and the reintegration unit looks at taking people back into their communities of origin."

The city has almost tripled its budget to assist the homeless in the city ahead of winter from R280,000 last year, to just over R600,000 this year.

This will go to aiding NGOs and continuing efforts to reduce the number of homeless people in the city.

The city's plan for the reintegration of the homeless comes after a study, that was conducted last year, found that most of the city's homeless preferred living in the streets rather than shelters.

Little said, "What we do is we interact with people, we have our field workers that work 24/7, engaging with the homeless, asking them if we could get them back, looking at the problem that actually brought them to the streets."

[LISTEN] _ More money to assist Cape Town's homeless_