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400 Toits to develop housing for Brussels homeless

19:30 14/12/2017

Several Brussels organisations have launched the campaign 400 Toits (400 Roofs) to try to find 400 permanent residences for Brussels’ most vulnerable homeless people. The campaign grew out of a survey of the capital’s homeless residents last summer.

According to the survey, one-third of homeless people fall into the category of highly vulnerable, meaning they are not capable of taking care of themselves. The survey also showed that 78% sleep outside regularly and that 65% had been homeless for a year or more.

The goal of 400 Toits is to find homes for 400 of the most vulnerable homeless people by the end of 2020. The organisations behind the campaign – which include Straat Verplegers (Street Nurses), Habitat & Humanisme and Le Forum - Bruxelles contre les inégalités – are talking to politicians and public and private investors to develop a plan for the housing.

In the meantime, the campaign is looking for volunteers to help with the campaign over the long term. Anyone interested should visit the website.

Photo: Siska Gremmelprez/BELGA

Written by Lisa Bradshaw