Looking at 2018 as a whole, approximately 678,000 people in Germany were without a home. A 4.2% increase over the previous year also means a disproportionate development. 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 likely to be significantly higher. A total annual figure is of course much higher than a figure for a specific date, but the result over the year is also more meaningful.
Up to now, only rough estimates in the range of 6,000 - 10,000 were available. While the self-advocacy group of homeless people considered the figures unrealistic and criticised that creating more housing for those affected is more important than counting them, the politicians see these results as a basis for improving support services.
In addition to the fundamental lack of housing and the often overpriced flats, there is the fact that homeless people are often stigmatised and excluded in the allocation of housing. Since the number of homeless people is rising and the federal government and the federal states are not coming up with any viable solutions, the Daniel Schlegel Environmental Foundation is taking action. Our part in improving the situation is to provide rental housing from the foundation's stock for social purposes. To this end, we work together with organisations that offer refuge housing and provide housing for women in violent situations.