More homelessness in the Netherlands

This 20 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Unreal Fox News Guest Wants To ARREST All Homeless People

Ainsley Earhardt just got another one of her restaurant buddies to join her program to spout some pretty wack ideas on how to solve the homeless problem in America. Sam Seder and the Majority Report crew discuss this.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The number of homeless people has more than doubled in ten years

The number of homeless people in the Netherlands has more than doubled in ten years. Figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics show that the number of people between the ages of 18 and 65 who do not have a permanent place of residence or home has increased from 17,800 in 2009 to 39,300 in 2018. The number of homeless people between 18 and 30 tripled in the same period.

The Central Bureau of Statistics means with homeless persons people who sleep in the open air, in covered public spaces such as porches, bicycle sheds, railway stations, shopping centres or in cars. …

The Central Bureau of Statistics did not include people who are staying in the Netherlands without legal papers and who are homeless. …

Of the more than 39,000 homeless people, 57 per cent had a migration background, according to CBS figures. …

The number of young homeless people in particular has increased in ten years. Last year, one in three homeless people was between 18 and 30 years old, which is more than three times as many as the estimates in 2009.

The Salvation Army sees various causes for the increase in the number of homeless people. The people who are received there stay longer, so there is little turnover. On average they stay 13 months because they cannot find an affordable home.

There are also fewer places available for vulnerable people who should live in protected homes. The number of places in mental healthcare institutions has also decreased. …

According to the aid organization, the increase in the number of younger homeless people is mainly due to a change in the youth system. Youth assistance stops when a young person turns 18. That moment often turns out to be too early to stand on their own two feet.

The Dutch government Health Secretary Blokhuis reacted today, translated from the NOS:

“The number of affordable homes available is really a huge problem”, says Blokhuis. … “We should be ashamed of ourselves that in such a rich country we cannot manage to provide people with decent roofs above their heads.” …

According to Blokhuis, the increase in the number of homeless people is increasingly caused by people who are economically homeless. “People who still have a job, but are unable to conquer a place in the housing market.”

Dear Mr Blokhuis: the problems which you mention will only get worse as long as your right-wing government persists with its privatize, privatize, market, market Thatcherite economic quackery.

Somali Dutch people homeless: here.

USA: On July 30 the Los Angeles City Council restored regulations that had expired at the beginning of the month preventing people from sleeping at night in vehicles on residential streets or living in vehicles within a block of parks, schools, preschools or daycares. At last count, over 9,500 people live in vehicles throughout the city, and a total of 16,528 in all of Los Angeles County. In Los Angeles, a program of safe parking sites in private lots has room for less than 200 vehicles. Violators of the ordinance are ticketed $25 for the first offence, $50 for the second and $75 for each offense after that: here.

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