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About Us

The Homestead , established in 1982,  is registered in South Africa as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 003-217), and as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 18/11/13/1038 and all Homestead projects are legally registered and compliant with the Department of Social Development Western Cape regulations and aligned to the South African Children’s Act 38 of 2005.

The Homestead’s Unique Value Proposition:

  • Proven organisation sustainability with a 32 year track record of being able to get and keep children off the street.
  • A community controlled secular organisation with extensive local and international support and a sound fiscal, management and delivery record.
  • An acknowledged National Government best practice model, one partially funded by and fully registered with the Department of Social Development Western Cape.
  • An organisation with  established child-friendly, modern and legislative compliant infrastructure that is ideally positioned to provide community-based services to children on the street, as well as to vulnerable children within communities from which street children originate.
  • A leader and innovator in solution based, needs-driven and child-focused interventions that successfully that stabilise, heal, develop and educate children for a self-sustainable and successful future away from street life.

The Homestead Projects Include:

The Homestead Shelter (Khayelitsha):  A residential programme for street boys, aged 7 to 17,   accommodating 65 street children in a modern, child friendly, therapeutic and developmental environment.  

The Homestead Launchpad (Woodstock):  A second stage residential care programme, accommodating 25 youth aged between 15 and 21.  This centre prepares youth to leave care and for independent living so they can successfully reintegrate back into society and stop relapsing back to substance abuse, problematic behaviour or street life.  

The Homestead Street Outreach and Drop-in Centre (City Bowl, Seapoint, Greenpoint, Woodstock, Salt River):  This project provides street outreach workers to children living, working and begging on the streets of Cape Town to help educate and network with business and the public, draw up an intervention programme for each child, assist street children in crises and focus on successfully transitioning children off the street and into care or back home to their families.  

The Homestead Early Intervention Project: (Valhalla Park, Manenberg, Site C Khayelitsha and  “Town 2” Khayelitsha). Community of Origin projects that provide family preservation, school attendance and school aftercare, crisis intervention, nutrition, life-skill, development and therapeutic support services to over 250 chronically neglected and abused children each week.  


Our mission

To help street children reconstruct their shattered lives, and to provide prevention and early intervention services to children and families in disadvantaged communities.

Our vision

It is The Homestead’s vision that no child should live, work or beg on the streets of Cape Town and that every child should live in a community with a family.

The Homestead Director

Paul Hooper was born in Durban in 1963 and began his homeless focused career as a Jesuit brother (1988 to 1993).  During this time he helped rescue victims of the Natal Midlands civil conflict, worked with youth in Soweto during the hostel violence of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, did volunteer work with street children in Hillbrow and Cape Town, and spent time as volunteer at the Feltham Youth Remand Centre in London.

Paul joined the Homestead in 1993 as a Street Outreach Worker and the Yizani Drop-in Centre Coordinator, became the Archdiocese Youth Commission Coordinator in 1998, then Coordinator of a homeless forum called CASP (Coordinated Action with Street People). As the CASP Coordinator Paul completed an extensive research project into the reality of Homelessness throughout greater Cape Town.  (Street Field Workers Project: Audit and Report on the Reality of Street People in the Cape Metropolitan Area – Cape Metropolitan Council (Economic and Social Development Directorate); May 2000).  In 2001 Paul joined the Big Issue in Cape Town as the Social Development Director, and from 2008 to 2013 Paul was the first fulltime coordinator of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum. At the WCSCF Paul developed an effective, province-wide collaborative approach to street children, effectively reducing the number of children living on the street throughout the Western Cape.

In May 2013 Paul was appointed Director of the Homestead (Projects for Street Children) and has continued to build on the Homestead’s past success and innovation.  As Director, Paul created a new approach to children stepping down from Care, formalised and extended the Homestead Prevention and Early Intervention services, and extensively redeveloped the Homestead Shelter model.  He has also updated all the Homestead administration systems, focused on professionalising the HR team and redeveloped the Homestead facilities and projects to ensure they are compliant with new legislation.

Paul is married to Maeve Hooper (a Systems Analyst at Foschini Data), they have been married for 25 years and have three children: Christopher, Michael and Declan.