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.

FEAD projects

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).


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.


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.




New report

The Erasmus+ project "Dignity and Well-Being - exchange for change" analyses how to ensure better quality in efforts to help homeless people with with mental health problems. Project UDENFOR has participated in the project together with other European countries. The final report is written in the form of a manual. Read it here.

I shall never quite understand what it is like to live on the street

"I have more than eight years of experience from working with people who suffer homelessness. I have established countless relations, listened to endless numbers of life stories and often from the sidelines watched a merciless downfall from alcohol and substance abuse. I have followed several persons during their later years and have buried a few. But despite the harsh insight it still doesn´t give me the right to say that I know what life as a homeless person is like." Justine Mitchell, manager at Hug & Food

Most Danes are comfortable around homeless people

The Danish Council of Socially Marginalized People has asked the research company Epinion to enquire about the attitude of Danes towards socially marginalized people. Let's have a closer look at the attitudes expressed towards homeless people.

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.


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...


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...