Homelessness

Engaging with people living on the streets of our city


In Cape Town, we are all faced with homelessness, even if we ourselves are not sleeping rough. We may face it from the comfort of our home when someone rings the doorbell asking for food, or at the traffic lights or taxi rank when someone asks us for shelter money. We face it when we see people sleeping in doorways, under bridges or in makeshift shelters.

Whilst it is heart wrenching to hear people’s stories of homelessness and see people living without a home, we may well struggle to know what to do and need to ask the Lord: “How do you want me to respond to people who are homeless and ask me for help?”

As you explore this topic, we’ve highlighted some useful resources to get started and additional resources below for going deeper.

HOMELESSNESS DEVOTIONAL

A 5-day study of homelessness with the help of Micah 6:1-8

GOD, THE BIBLE AND HOMELESSNESS

What does God think and what does the Bible say about this issue?

GIVING WITH DIGNITY

An extended version of the Good Giving Guidelines, this booklet explores ways that we can respond to requests for help

Homelessness and the local church

A blog post by Kevin Murphy, from Common Ground Church, Inner City


GOOD GIVING GUIDELINES

Top tips for an appropriate response to giving. This is a summary of the more extensive ‘Giving with Dignity’ guide.

CHRISTINE'S STORY

A U-Turn graduate’s journey to authentic community

Additional resources