Ad Hoc projects
All along, projekt UDENFOR is working actively and deliberately, leading and experimenting through new initiatives that, in time, will hopefully be taken on by other operators. This is the reason why experimental ad hoc projects are pivotal in projekt UDENFOR’s daily work, both as to communication and street-based work.
Presently, our work is focused on these experimental projects:
Project Locker Room
Project Locker Room aims to provide secured storage boxes for homeless people, who are sleeping outdoors, to preserve belongings such as personal papers and documentation, clothes and items of great sentimental value from damage, theft or loss. The storage service, which is staffed by a social worker in all opening hours, is combined with counselling, harm reduction and outreach work.
The Youth Project
Through the Youth Project, projekt UDENFOR offers help to young people living on the streets, who are hard to reach and who are not offered other forms of support – young people who in addition to homelessness are struggling with overlapping social problems, and who live a rootless life on the streets. The Youth Project’s activities range from harm reduction to practical support of activities that are not directly related to their homelessness. First and foremost, we spend time getting to know the young people, so that we are able to support them through the emotional chaos which young people must navigate when living on the streets. We therefore work to increase the young people’s contact to relevant professionals and volunteers, and as we become a constant adult presence in their lives, we can act as the link throughout their contact with the established support system, or in other communities which can increase their opportunities for development.
The Transit Program
Projekt UDENFOR is part of the Transit Program, which is financed by the municipality of Copenhagen. The Transit Program is targeted particularly vulnerable foreign homeless people and implies, among other things, the possibility to help them get away from the streets in Copenhagen. But “transit” doesn’t necessarily mean a journey from Denmark to a homeland. It can also mean a journey away from the streets and into a home, from an addict to sober, from isolation to socializing with other people, etc.
The Good Home Journey
For foreign homeless people with serious social and health related problems, the opportunities for help, treatment and a more stable life situation, can sometimes be better in their homeland. In projekt UDENFOR we have for several years experimented with the method “The Good Home Journey”. We step in, if one of our foreign homeless users comes to the decision, that the future can be brighter in his or her homeland than here (in Denmark). We know from experience, that good preparation, planning and bridging is important for the home journey to succeed. It is often much more difficult to return home with one’s shattered dreams, than it is to travel abroad while the dreams are still intact. Therefore, we use the necessary time on conversations, practical arrangements and stabilization, and we make sure, that there are some good settings to return to (family, friends, and/or social or healthcare offers). Moreover, we assist the user all the way and make sure, that he or she is properly settled in under better terms and conditions than the ones, the streets of Copenhagen can offer.
Since 2016, a substantial grant from The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) has enabled Projekt UDENFOR to expand its outreach activities in the streets of Copenhagen and to launch two new projects in Aarhus, Café UDENFOR (Café OUTSIDE) and Byg UDENFOR (Build OUTSIDE).
Café UDENFOR (Café OUTSIDE)
The movable café offers good food, learning as well as care for and with homeless people. The café will be set up in different places in and around Aarhus, where homeless people can have a meal and contribute actively to the running of the café.
Byg UDENFOR (Build OUTSIDE)
The aim of Byg UDENFOR is to enable homeless people to contribute to the building of small, movable, temporary and energy-efficient houses. Through active participation, users make decisions on and take responsibility for the design of their houses to ensure that each house matches each individual’s needs. By taking part in Byg UDENFOR, project participants gain an everyday activity, an affiliation to the building site and the opportunity to create their own homes, and thereby to become more significant actors in their own lives.
An increasing number of women are rendered homeless
The national survey on homelessness in Denmark 2017 from VIVE (The Danish Centre for Applied Social Science) shows a continued growth of homelessness among women. After some years of a stable count of round 22% the proportion of women has, in the...
20 Social Workers Out on the Streets to Count Rough Sleepers
Most Copenhageners had already gone to bed, unfazed by the sound of the steady rain falling outside, when 20 social workers trailed through the streets of Copenhagen at around 01 a.m. on September 7. Each social worker was armed with a map of a specific area, out to locate people sleeping on the street and help create an overview of the number of rough sleepers in Copenhagen at present.
The new Danish national survey of homelessness and homeless people sleeping rough
Some homeless people, thankfully only a small number, sleep on the street, exposed to the elements. It is this group, so-called rough sleepers, and specifically those who struggle with mental illness, whom projekt UDENFOR has worked to help for over twenty years. Considering the charity has been operating for all these years, it is a pill all the more difficult to swallow that not only are there still people sleeping rough, but that the number is growing.
Homeless migrants need help – not harassment and victimization
During the spring of 2017, Project UDENFOR has noticed that an increasingly spiteful tone is being used towards migrants living in the streets of Copenhagen. Project UDENFOR does not deem it worthy of a welfare society to victimize and exclude the most vulnerable from city space. Let us meet them with understanding, inclusiveness and help.
Women who are exposed to violence risk becoming homeless
Homelessness is often the result of an interplay between several factors, of which violence is just one of many risk factors. Violence multiplies a woman's risk of falling into homelessness because violence typically starts a chain reaction in many other areas of life, which may lead to exclusion and homelessness.
Report on Homeless Migrants in Copenhagen
Homeless migrants have few rights, just as this is a group of homeless people about which very little documented knowledge exists. This report describes the experiences Fonden projekt UDENFOR has had in relation to homeless migrants, som that – hopefully – it can contribute to qualifying the future social work.
A Sick Difference – About the Unhealthy Homelessness
In DR1’s documentary series on inequality within health, the focus is on the difference in the health of the rich and the poor, as we have already reported, we know a lot about the special conditions of the socially vulnerable people, who are also...
A Sick Difference – What to Do about the Inequality?
Presently, DR runs a series of documentaries about social inequality within health, showing the ever larger difference between rich and poor in Denmark. The poor people gets more ill and see their GP more than the rich people. The gulf between those who...
Seminar: Women at Rock-Bottom of Denmark – Homelessness with a Gender
On 12th May is the date of projekt UDENFOR's seminar on homeless women. Meet a street-based worker, a head of institution and an artist, all contributing to the seminar. Ida Devald Ida Devald is a social worker and member of the street-based...
Are the Danish People Changing their View on Homelessness?
Late 2015, Rådet for Socialt Udsatte (Council of Socially Vulnerable People) published a survey of the Danish people's view of socially vulnerable people. The survey was carried out by the consultancy company Epinion on the basis of asking 1,013...
Project Day on Homelessness at the Birkelund School
Today, the pupils in 7th Grade at the Birkelund School at Holstebro can look forward to an exciting and instructive project day on homelessness. The programme of the day has been prepared by the teachers of the school in order to challenge the pupils...
SEMINAR – projekt UDENFOR focuses on the conditions of homeless women
Thursday, 12th May 2016 from 9.00 to 12.00 On the occasion of the International Womens' Conference Women Deliver this year in Copenhagen, projekt UDENFOR sends out invitations to a seminar with introductions and debate about the conditions of...
Preben Brandt´s page: ’Poverty homelessness'
Through the past decades, it has constantly been the residing Minister for Employment who has been in charge of the part of the social policy, which has included social benefits. Therefore it has been stated over and over again that working should pay off.
At least 80 rough sleepers in Copenhagen on a random night in week 6, 2016
The night between Thursday and Friday last week, 14 staff members of the homeless organisation projekt UDENFOR and the homeless unit of the City of Copenhagen took to the streets. The purpose was to look for and count how many people had to sleep...