The Pride Shelter Trust is a non-profit organisation managing a shelter offering short-term accommodation to members of the Cape Town LGBTI community during crisis periods in their lives.
“The idea for the shelter started in 2005 when a group of people from the LGBTI community realised the need for it because there hadn’t been anything before in the city,” said Andrew Howard, a board member of the Trust.
“The shelter is aimed at supporting LGBTI people during crisis periods. For example, when someone comes out and gets kicked out of their home and has nowhere to go, or if someone gets fired for being gay, which is illegal, but it does happen, it can lead to the person being unable to pay the bills.”
Howard said the service that they currently provide is short-term, and not for anyone under the age of 18. Residents who go to the shelter can stay for free for the first month; if a resident arrives without a job, they are required to look for one. If they find a job within the month, they can apply to stay for an additional month, which commences on the day they start work. They then have to pay R35 a day for the additional month.