Homeless population in Brussels more than doubled in last decade
Monday, 04 November 2019
Credit: NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/ Belga
The number of people living in the streets of Brussels has more than doubled over the past ten years with the number of women among them rising, a new study showed.
In November of 2018, aid and social workers counted a total of 4,187 people who were living on the streets, in a homeless shelter, or in inadequate housing, up from 1,729 people in 2008.
The most recent figures represent an increase of 142%, findings which the authors of the study say signal a sharp need for authorities to provide a structural solution to the issue of homelessness in the city.
The findings were the result of a study published in Brussels Studies, an interdisciplinary journal focusing on urban issues in Brussels and authored by Benoît Quittelier and Nicolas Horvat of Bruss’Help, a homeless non-profit.