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Economic homeless, is moving on

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Amsterdam, aid agencies find that there is not enough low-threshold short-term shelter is available in the Netherlands. In addition to the usual inhabitants thereof, a people on the edge of society such as drug addicts and people with mental health problems, report himself there more and more so-called “economic” homeless. These are people from the middle class of the society by a considerable setback no house, for example, through a bankruptcy or a divorce.

Last year, the Salvation Army, under the title ’home loan’ is even a special branch for this economic homeless in the east of the country.

Last year, the Salvation Army, under the title ’home loan’ is even a special branch for this economic homeless in the east of the country.

Shortage of affordable housing

The Dutch shelters are ’full’, according to Jan Laurier – chair of the trade association Federatie Opvang. He says: “The number of people relying on care increases. Because there is a shortage of affordable housing walk the refugee centres.”

The number of homeless people doubled between 2009 and 2015, almost. By the end of 2016 had the Netherlands 31,000 people without a home. It is unclear how large the share of economic homeless precisely because the organisations requests for assistance of that way of counting.

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Salvation army-chairman Cornel Father notes that the number of people without a roof over their head is growing, despite an improving economy. Father: “Seventy percent of the people who reports in the Randstad for short-term care is rejected. That are often economic the homeless and migrant workers from Eastern Europe.”

These people are rejected because they are self-reliant, says Father. There is no question of multiple problems. Therefore, they are not eligible for the shelter. Father: “In the suburban towns, is the recruitment a little bigger. You do not have a lot of to fail to be in the shelter.”

The relief organisations are agreed that the economic homeless do not belong in this kind of accommodation.

Street kids

Marleen van der Kolk, spokesperson of the Foundation for homeless youngsters in the Netherlands: “It is too heavy a facility and a toxic environment. That’s where you want the young people who also fall into this category, prefer not to in the area. Once in the reception you’ll not as easily. The problem is growing.”

The number of homeless youth has increased in the past five years, with 50% to 12.400, says Van der Kolk. “Young people do not begin as an economic zwerfjongere. They have as yet no basic qualification or work and income. But the chance that they will end like this, increases due to insufficient flow on the housing market.”

Jan Laurel Federatie Opvang find it strange that this problem may continue to increase. “How can there be no one to intervene in a country as prosperous as ours? Where is the public outrage? Where is the politics?”

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