Over the whole of 2018, around 678,000 people in Germany were without a home. A 4.2% increase over the previous year also means a disproportionate development. An annual total is, of course, significantly higher than a cut-off date figure, but the result over the year is also more meaningful. In Berlin, the first systematic nationwide count of homeless people by volunteers took place on the night of 29-30 January 2020. It recorded 1976 homeless people, although the number of unreported cases is probably much higher.
Up to now, there were only rough estimates in the range of 6,000 - 10,000. While the self-advocacy group of homeless people considered the figures unrealistic and criticised that creating more housing for those affected was more important than counting them, the politicians see the results as a basis for improved support services.
In addition to the basic lack of housing and overpriced flats, there is the fact that homeless people are often stigmatised and marginalised. Since the number of homeless people is rising and the federal and state governments are not coming up with any viable solutions, the Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung would like to do its part to improve the situation by making rented flats from the foundation's stock available for social purposes. Above all, the Hestia association, which runs shelter flats, a housing agency for women in violent situations and a women's shelter, is sometimes served with housing.