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Social Work

versión On-line ISSN 2312-7198
versión impresa ISSN 0037-8054


SCHENCK, Rinie et al. Homeless in observatory, Cape Town through the lens of Max-Neef's fundamental human needs taxonomy. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2017, vol.53, n.2, pp.266-287. ISSN 2312-7198.

The level of homelessness on the streets of South Africa is regarded as a slow-moving tragedy. The aim of this article is to explain the profile of the homeless in Observatory, Cape Town using Max-Neef's Fundamental Human Needs taxonomy. A concurrent mixed-methods research design was implemented including 48 homeless persons living on the streets in Observatory. The quantitative data were analysed with SPSS and the qualitative data with Creswell's guideline for thematic analysis. The results clearly show the complexity of the lives of the homeless and that assistance to move out of homelessness will require complex and holistic efforts.

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