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

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...

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.

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 – 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...


On 16th February 2016, a conference will be held at the European Parliament called – ”Homelessness among mobile EU-citizens” The conference is a cooperation between two members of the European Parliament and FEANTSA, the European umbrella...

Thoughts subsequent to reading the SFI report 15:41, December 2015: ”Family Background and Social Marginalisation in Denmark”.

By Preben Brandt, January 2016 Not for a second you should doubt that it is important knowing the entire life story of a human being in order to understands its circumstances of living. Therefore, the research forming the background of this SFI...

Social Health Inequality – How Hard Can It Be?

November 30 and December 1, 2015, projekt UDENFOR participated in the Nordic conference  ’Social Inequality within Health - From Knowledge to Action'. The conference that was held at the UN City of Copenhagen, focused on how to implement initiatives...

LivetSomSenior (LifeAsSenior) Donates Sanitary Towels to projekt UDENFOR and the Homeless Women on the Streets

Homeless women have other and more needs than homeless men. Some menstruate and need protection. They do not ask for help themselves and we know from experience that, due to shortage and lacking access to menstrual protection, they use towels and tampons longer than health related justifiable.

Preben Brandt debates in danish newspaper

"It Just Does Not Work," he concludes

large part of the homeless youth are minorities and socially expelled persons

Young people with immigrant background, mental illness, substance abuse problems, neglect as well as short or no education at all count for a large part of the increasing number of young homeless. This is the case both in Denmark and the rest of Europe, projekt UDENFOR has learned working with young homeless people.

Students of Food & Nutrition Competes in Preparing the Best Meal for Homeless people

Saturday, students from the Nutrition & Health Studies of the Metropol compete in comparing the best meal for homeless. The competition takes place in the Ørsted Park in Copenhagen on Saturday, 7th March at 13:30.

90 percent of the homeless people under § 110 scheme wanting housing of their own, should enhance cheaper housing and involvement

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 have a wish having their own housing.

projekt UDENFOR in the newspaper ’Kristelig Dagblad’: We owe it to the homeless youth to lend a helping hand

Homeless is something complex, reaching far beyond not having a place to live. The young people, who the two feature writers of today have met, are typically fighting overlapping issues, including drug abuse, mental vulnerability and general mistrust of the outside world. This group of young people needs much more help.

What do we say when we want to meet eyes to eyes with the homeless people?

Until our forthcoming seminar at Bremen Theatre on 30 October ” The darkest hour is just before the dawn - will there be light” we will be running a series of interviews with the members of the panel. This week featuring Anette Laigaard, Social Director of the Municipality of Copenhagen:

New MHE (Mental Health Europe) report on homeless with serious mental disorder

Not only in Denmark are homeless people with mental disorders in a squeeze. The same goes for the rest of Europe, and the problems that the homeless face, are mostly the same no matter how the social and healthcare systems are organised, shows new report

New report from projekt UDENFOR describes foreign homeless, their problems and needs

Homeless migrants should have the right to get their basic needs covered. Failing to fulfil these social and health needs is inhumane. This could be a place to sleep at night, access to food and counselling and a place to stay when they are ill. These are some of the recommendations brought forward by a new report issued by project UDENFOR on behalf of the social services of the Municipality of Copenhagen. A report supplies knowledge so far unknown on the basis of analyses.