67 homeless people died in Brussels in 2018, number continues to rise
Thursday, 23 May 2019
The city of Brussels organised a memorial service for the homeless people who died in the capital in 2018. In 2018, 67 homeless people died in the streets of Brussels, which is 5 more than in 2017. In 2005, when the first memorial service was held, there were ‘only’ 23 people, said Kris Roels of Collectief Straatdoden to Bruzz.
The city of Brussels and Collectief Straatdoden (Street dead collective) organised a memorial service for all homeless people that passed away for the 14th year in a row. The goal is to give them a worthy goodbye.
According to Benjamin Ntabundi, coordinator of the Collectief, the explanation of the increasing number of deaths is very simple: there are just more and more homeless people. “Since 2005, the number of homeless people has almost doubled. In addition, there are not enough places to shelter them, so many stay on the street,” he added.