A Sick Difference – About the Unhealthy Homelessness
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March 3, 2015
A very recent survey among the users of the § 110 type of accommodations, made by SFI – The Danish National Centre for Social Research shows that most homeless people have a wish having their own housing. Ninety percent of the persons asked answers yes when asked whether they would have their own dwellings, a number increasing to 97 percent when looking isolated at the homeless youth asked.
Projekt UDENFOR’s director, Ninna Hoegh is not surprised that so many, especially of the homeless youth, have expressed a wish of living in their own dwellings. For this reason, she has for some time applied for support and collaborators for a new project, which will especially involve the homeless youth in the building and organisation of their own homes.
”If you look around the world, you see that homeless people are being involved as an active resource in the instruction of own homes. In projekt UDENFOR we are working at full speed to be gain inspiration in the development of a new project, which is, however, still in embryo”, says Ninna Hoegh, director of the homeless organisation projekt UDENFOR. She emphasizes that it is only a matter of daring, as there is no doubt that the homeless people are well able to do it and want to do it.
In addition, it seems that evictions are, largely and more than we have realised, the way to homelessness. 68 percent replies that they have been evicted more than once, whereas 40 percent replies that they have not been able to pay the rent.
From the part of projekt UDENFOR director Ninna Hoegh emphasises that several reports, evaluations and articles about, a.o., the homeless strategy and the homeless efforts have pointed out that there are issues concerning the supply of housing that the homeless people can afford and that the Housing First inlet has not been sufficiently implemented in the municipalities.
”Many homeless people are marked by mental illness and/or abuse, which we can also deduct from the research. When they do not receive sufficient help and support to pay rent and other bills, to clean the house and do the shopping, many of them give up. Another issue is that the rent of most housing is so high that this group of people simply cannot afford it. Therefore it is no surprise to me that the rent is often not paid,” says Ninna Hoegh.
She believes that the solution is to build more affordable housing focusing on involvement and support of the individual. Ninna Hoegh is therefore pleased that the Municipality of Copenhagen takes a step in the right direction and get affordable housing on the way.
”I am pleased to note that the Municipality of Copenhagen has entered into a partnership with KAB to build new, affordable housing in the southern part of Copenhagen. We, in projekt UDENFOR, are looking forward to a lot of new housing that homeless people, also young people in the risk of ending up as homeless can afford, Ninna Hoegh concludes.