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.
To help street children reconstruct their shattered lives, and to provide prevention and early intervention services to children and families in disadvantaged communities.
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.
Paul Hooper, born in Durban in 1963, began his career in Social Activism during the late 1980’s by helping to rescue victims of the Natal Midlands civil war conflict, working with youth in Soweto during the hostel violence of 1989/90, doing volunteer work with street children in Hillbrow and then Cape Town and spending time as volunteer at the Feltham Youth Remand Centre in London.
Paul joined the Homestead in 1993 as the Street Outreach Worker and Yizani Drop-in Centre Coordinator, spending extensive time working with children living on the street. He moved in 1998 to become the Archdiocese Youth Commission Coordinator, the highlight of which was taking 50 youth from all walks of life to experience apartheid free life in France for a month. He then joined CASP (Coordinated Action with Street People) during which time he 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, focusing on bringing women into the vendor force and improving vendor sales. From 2008 to 2013 Paul was the first full-time coordinator of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum and developed an effective, province-wide and collaborative approach to effectively reduce the number of children living on the street. 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 the Homestead Director Paul has focused on improving the impact and reach of all the Homestead projects by: moving the Homestead shelter to a more therapeutic and better suited facility in Khayelitsha; developing the new and innovative Homestead Launchpad facility for youth leaving care in Woodstock; formalising and extending the Homestead Prevention and Early Intervention services in Valhalla Park, Manenberg, Site C and Town Two; developing the street outreach and Yizani centre services; training and professionalizing the Homestead team; and making sure the Homestead is compliant to all new child protection, as well as health and safety legislation.