16 Summerley 2 smallQ&A -16 Summerley Road

Christ Church Kenilworth have agreed to lease 16 Summerly Road to U-turn in order to set up accommodation for individuals on U-turn’s work-based skills training programme.
This Q&A aims to answer the most frequent questions that have been received to date. This is a living document which is updated as we receive further questions, and also when more details are finalized.

Please read below, if you have a question that has not been answered below, please contact:
From CCK: John McPetrie – johnmcp@cck.org.za / 021 797 6332
From U-turn: Jon Hopkins – jon@homeless.org.za / 021 674 6119


Due to the current Covid-19 national emergency, we have had to postpone the 19 March follow up meeting with U-turn and Kenilworth residents.
In the meantime, please send us any questions you have and we will update the Q&A below.

 


Q&A's
What are the plans?
U-turn will provide accommodation for up to 25 people on the U-turn’s work-based skills training programme, called Life Change. People on this programme are working in one of the U-turn work spaces, such as one of our charity stores.

During the day, Occupational Therapists and Counsellors will use the house for group sessions and individual counselling sessions to participants of the Life Change Programme. It is hoped that a team can also be put together to revitalize the vegetable garden in the grounds to provide vegetables for the residents.

When will this begin?
It is planned that U-turn will receive access to the house from 1st May 2020.

Who exactly will be staying at the house?
To be eligible for the Life Change Programme, you need to be a South African Citizen aged between 18 and 50, have no history of drug use for at least the past six months, and be willing to walk the U-turn journey of change. Many of the people have previously been homeless and many have struggled with drug addiction in the past. All are needing a programme where they can make the changes they need to their life to become independent, resilient and contributing members of society through employment and rebuilt relationships with family.

But U-turn work with homeless people – aren’t you going to take the homeless guy from the street and put him straight in the house?
No – absolutely not. U-turn works through a graded and gradual process. It starts by encouraging people still on the street and still in active addiction to attend the U-turn Service Centre in Claremont where they can access food and clothing with a U-turn voucher. From here people facing homelessness start attending group sessions which aim to ignite a desire for change, and then U-turn staff work with the person to start auctioning this change. Often this involves an individual being supported to attend an outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programme, and sponsored to get into a shelter. The rehabilitation programme usually takes 4-6 months. When completed, if eligible (see above) the individual awaits a space to open up on the Life Change Programme.

How long will people stay at the house?
It is expected that each resident will be at the house for between 12-18 months. The U-turn Life Change programme includes helping individuals to rebuild relationships with family and to build up savings. This both prepares an individual to move on as well as giving them other accommodation options. If they haven’t already moved on from the house, when participants leave the programme – either through early exit or graduation, they will also be expected to leave the property.

Who is going to look after the house?
There will be ‘House parents’ employed by U-turn to live in the house, be a supportive presence, and also maintain the rules. They will ensure that the house is well looked after. It is also envisaged that there will be an evening activity coordinator and a volunteer who will live at the property and will support the weekend programme.

What will happen during the day?
From Monday to Saturday, the residents will either be at their work-space (e.g. a U-turn Charity Store) or receiving training at U-turn HQ at 155 2nd Avenue. They will therefore be leaving the house early in the morning and returning in the evening (early afternoon on a Saturday).

During the day, to add to security and also make most use of the house, the communal areas will be used for some therapeutic group sessions by the Occupational Therapists, there will be bible studies held there, and some individual counselling.

There will be an evening programme put on each evening and at the weekend there will be activities that the residents can get involved in.
There will be a latest entry time set for the residents (time still to be decided) after which the doors of the house will be locked after curfew time and the external alarm will be set.

What about visitors?
Visitors will be allowed but there will be strict visiting hours. Whilst this still needs to be worked out, it is likely that the visiting hours will be at the weekend (Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon) and will not be at all during the week. Residents will actually be encouraged to go and travel to visit family and friends (rather than the other way round)!

Will people be allowed to use drugs and alcohol inside the property?
No. Anyone caught using drugs or alcohol on the premises will be disciplined accordingly and in most cases this will mean immediate expulsion from the house. It is very important that the house remains a place of sobriety and a supportive environment to the other residents.

How many bedrooms are there?
Seven. Four for residents and three for staff. This will include two dorm rooms which up to two people in each, one for men, and one for women.

What about children?
The house will not be able to cater for children. Anyone who would like to stay who have children, will need to find another place for them to be looked after. It is currently normal for individuals on the Life Change Programme to have children looked after by extended family, thus providing time to focus on rehabilitation and getting right with themselves. Rebuilding relationships with family (including children) is something the Counsellors and Therapists spend time doing as part of the programme.

Why this house in Kenilworth?
There are two primary reasons:
It is rent free – an amazing gift from the church
It is perfectly located – both close to the U-turn training centre and head office on 2nd Avenue and also for transport links for the residents to be able to get work easily.

What about building work, planning and zoning?
There are currently insufficient bathrooms so some internal building work needs to take place before the full complement of people can move into the property. U-turn have appointed an architect who is currently working on the plans and then will submit them through the correct channels for approval with Heritage Western Cape and the Cape Town Planning Department.

The building is zoned General Residential 2 and the primary land uses include group housing, boarding house and guest house. As residents will be paying a rent to stay at the property, the use is deemed a boarding house. We have sought advice from the Planning Department in the City and they have asked for the usage plans to be submitted which the architect will do along with the plans for building work.

What about security?
Just like any other resident in the area, we are concerned about security. We will include CCTV outside of the property, including at the front gate and along the boundary fence with (name of … Close) as it has been pointed out that people have been known to cross the fence between the properties.

Whilst the CCTV will be reactively monitored by U-turn (i.e. footage reviewed if something happens), if the Community Policing Forum wanted to actively include the reviewing of footage as part of their work in the area we can discuss this.

We are also planning for there to be CCTV inside the house so we can look after the security of everyone staying there.

Will there be a U-turn sign outside?
No. There is no need for a large U-turn sign to appear outside 16 Summerley Road as this is not an entry point for people just off the street. That entry point is our Service Centre in Claremont.

Do you have one of these houses anywhere else?
Not yet. This is our first and hopefully the first of many.

Will this reduce homelessness in Kenilworth?
Not directly but eventually. As explained above, we are not taking people from the street and putting them straight into 16 Summerly Road. One of our biggest constraints however, is affordable accommodation for participants of our Life Change Programme that can also support them on their rehabilitation journey. This accommodation will therefore mean we can grow the number of spaces on our programme and thus help even more people complete the journey from the streets to employment – including those in Kenilworth.

Can I get involved?
Yes – there will be a number of areas where we will need staff and volunteers. Further details about this will be provided in due course. For example:
- The garden – we would like to rejuvenate the existing vegetable garden to grow produce for use in the kitchen and need volunteers to provide training in growing vegetables.

Who can I get in touch with for more information
Please contact:
From CCK: John McPetrie – johnmcp@cck.org.za / 021 797 6332
From U-turn: Jon Hopkins – jon@homeless.org.za / 021 674 6119


 

 

 

                  





 


Taryn Galloway, 26/02/2020

 

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