The Mobile Café

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With assistance from projekt UDENFOR’s approximate 40 volunteers, The Mobile Café delivers hot meals, coffee, clothes and sleeping bags to the homeless people of Copenhagen.

Projekt UDENFOR adjusts The Mobile Cafés route on a current basis in order to reach the most vulnerable people on the streets. Sometimes we also go out and meet the individual homeless in person as the complex issues of the individual at times makes it difficult to meet up at a specific location at a fixed time or to meet other people.

The Mobile Café constitutes projekt UDENFOR’s core project and is functioning on a daily basis in close relationship with projekt UDENFOR’s outreach and outgoing street-based initiatives.

Through the meal at The Mobile Café, projekt UDENFOR is creating a unique approach to the individual; an approach from which the street-based workers of projekt UDENFOR truly benefits when making the first move towards a relationship with a vulnerable person.

The daily dialogue and cooperation between the volunteers and projekt UDENFOR is therefore important. At the end of their shift, the volunteers always make a note in the electronic diary. Thus, the staff of projekt UDENFOR is always up to speed whether any users have an urgent need of professional help, whether any episodes need follow-up, new homeless people on the streets or similar. Likewise, projekt UDENFOR is always ready to inform the volunteers, if during the outreach work we encounter a homeless, who we believe will profit from a good meal as well as the contact and care that the volunteers provide.

 

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ARTIKLER

The media should concentrate less on the personal stories

Råbin Bille is 19 years old and has just received housing placement after almost three years in the streets. She has been in touch with the media several times, while homeless. Here she shares her experience:

People know that it’s cold to sleep outside in January – but there’s a lot they don’t know. Why don’t they ask about that?

Kåre lives at a shelter after having lived on the street for 3 years. Project UDENFOR met up with him to talk about the media and homeless people.

WE MUST ACT NOW, SO THAT WE DON’T LOSE THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE

The national survey of homelessness in Denmark 2017 is disappointing to reading, because homelessness in Denmark is continuously rising. According to the report, published on September 1st 2017 by The Danish Center of Applied Social Science, the number...

Diversity in the Media

"A new way of thinking and a change of habits are needed among those who decide what the media run and how they do it"

a home outside – exhibition at aros

In August around 12 young homeless people are participating in the art project A home OUTSIDE, which is a collaborative project between projekt UDENFOR, the artists Jens Haaning and Mikkel Carl and the museum ARoS in Aarhus. The project consists of...

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...

FEANTSA FOCUSES ON LGBTIQA+ AND HOMELESSNESS IN EUROPE

projekt UDENFOR welcomes FEANTSA’s magazine ’LGBTIQ Homelessness’. The initiative offers sound research insights and a number of references that can be used for praxis within or further study of an area which is fortunately becoming more and more visible. Read more and download the magazine here.

FEANTSA sætter fokus på LGBTIQA+ og hjemløshed i Europa

projekt UDENFOR hilser FEANTSAs nyeste magasin velkommen. Her er vigtig viden og en mængde referencer til praksis og undersøgelser på et område, som heldigvis nu er på vej ud af sin skyggetilværelse. Du kan læse mere og hente magasinet her.

Are there any homeless children in Denmark?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. The national mapping of homeless people in Denmark in 2017 shows that there were at least 39 homeless children under the age of 18 in week 6 in 2017.

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 People in Aarhus Deserve Longlasting Solutions

Aarhus is to be a city where there is room for everybody – high and low, rich and poor. Otherwise we stake the community that helps us all obtain the sense of security, solidarity and unity immensely important for our common good.

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.

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.

The Homeless Youth Situation in the United States

Youth homelessness is not an isolated issue but rather a systematic societal problem - sources estimate that between 500,000 and 2.8 million youth are homeless within the United States each year.

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.

Buy the Poster from the Seminar on Homeless Women

Many people have asked us whether it is possible to buy the poster from the seminar on 12th May: ’Women on the Bottom of Denmark - When Vulnerability has a Gender’. Now you can purchase the poster in A3 size (30x42 cm) at DKK 50. Send a mail and...

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...

Homeless Reforms are Necessary

The government is planning political talks in the autumn of 2016 concerning a reform of the Service Act. As part of the regulation of significance to the homeless initiatives, we can only welcome reforms. Through the past seven years, where the extent...

Thoughts of a Street-based Worker

“In Denmark you choose being homeless” That is the view of many Danish people and is also what I often hear in my work on the streets. Self-imposed homelessness, neglect, substance abuse and mental issues are most people's answer to questions of...

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...

Report from a Night duty

The night between Thursday and Friday, two of our street-based workers were on night duty. We do that on a continuous basis to help the people on the streets and to get a perspective on who are sleeping rough. The purpose is always to see whether the...

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...