More homeless people in Denmark

There are now over 6,000 homeless people in the country

A new report from the national welfare research centre SFi has revealed an increase in the number of homeless people in Denmark.

The report showed there are 6,138 homeless people in Denmark at the moment, which is 318 more than two years ago.

“We see an increase in the number of homeless and that irks me,” said the social and internal affairs minister, Karen Ellemann, according to DR Nyheder.

“The public efforts simply can’t keep up with the demand. We will have to get better at spreading the evidence-based knowledge we have.”

READ MORE: Homeless people in Denmark sent back onto the streets after operations

Affordable housing 
The report documented that it was becoming particularly difficult for the socially vulnerable to find affordable housing in the cities.

And many of the new homeless are younger people who have been unable to pay their rent because they’ve lost their rights to receive the ‘kontanthjælp’ benefit .

The increasing number of homeless in Denmark has occurred despite great public and political awareness. From 2009-2013, eight municipalities received 500 million kroner from the state to help house them.




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