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Throughout the whole year 2018 approximately 678,000 people had no flat in Germany. An increase of 4.2% compared to the previous year signifies a disproportional progress. An annualized total number of course is distinctly higher than a census on one certain day, but the result is much more significant as it scales the effective number of people that were affected by homelessness throughout one complete year.
In Berlin, the first systematic nationwide count of homeless people by volunteers took place on the night of 29-30 January 2020. In the process, 1976 homeless people were recorded, whereby the number of unreported cases is probably significantly higher.
Hitherto there merely have been rough estimates that were set around 6,000 to 10,000. While the „Selbstvertretung wohnungsloser Menschen“ classified the numbers as unrealistic and criticized that construction of new housing for those affected was more important than counting them, politics considers the results as a basis for improved services. In this regard federal minister Hubertus Heil drove forth a law of reporting homeless (so called Wohnungslosenberichterstattungsgesetz). A draft bill from September 2019 can be inspected on the official website of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Berlin association Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe e.V. was claiming such a measure for many years.
In addition to fundamental shortage of housing spaces and overpriced flats there is the fact that homeless people often are socially stigmatized and excluded. To counteract this circumstance it takes mechanisms and measures provided by the municipalities. Conceivable and realistic for instance are obligations and quotations in social housing stock in favour of urgently flat seeking people.
Since the number of homeless people is rising and the federal and state governments are not coming up with any viable solutions, the DSUS would like to do its part to improve the situation by providing rental flats from the foundation's stock for social purposes. One flat has already been made available to the Koepjohann'sche Stiftung. The Koepjohann'sche Stiftung primarily provides contact points for women - including single parents in need of protection and shelter and victims of domestic violence. Hestia e.V., which runs shelter flats, a housing agency for women in violent situations and a women's shelter, is also sometimes served with housing.