There is a misconception around the idea of homelessness and what it truly means, being homeless cannot be as simply defined as those who live on the streets. The image of people in doorways or sleeping outside has become pervasive and ever present in the minds of people.
"It is estimated that there are around 40,000 homeless people and additional 1.5 million families living in shelters. However, the official figure is 23,000 homeless people." (RAIS Fundación, 2014)
A European framework was created in 2005 know as ETHOS (European Typology of Homelessness and housing exclusion) as a means to improve understanding of homelessness throughout Europe, and to provide a shared criteria for transnational exchanges on the problem.
ETHOS defines that there are 13 types of homelessness or housing exclusion, and that sleeping without a roof (rooflessness) is only the most visible side to homelessness.
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What makes people become homeless?
Becoming homeless is not always related to a mental health/drugs problem as many people believe. It is more often caused by issues with work or relationships.
“Neither housing nor work ends homelessness by itself. Active citizen participation does.”
Homeless people need a support network that provides a different approach, so they can focus on participating as active citizens who are able to pay for their food, clothing and housing on their own.
At HomeslessEnterpenuer, we believe people in these situations must be empowered and given a voice, so society can develop a better understanding of the issues through the people who truly understand the problem.
In turn, a better educated society will lead to change and recognition of the issues amongst private companies, NGOs, public administrations, universities and everyday citizens and, ultimately, open up the door for real change. i.e. sustainable work and dignified housing.
“Spain has an astonishing 3.4 million homes which currently sit empty”
We believe that through a more efficient and coordinated approach, each city, state and country would be better placed to tackle the issues of homelessness if there was a common fund dedicated to reaching these goals.