The figures are horrifying. Brussels has more than 5,300 homeless people, more than 700 of whom even have to sleep outside. In Liège, we also count some 500 homeless people.
We cannot simply say, they have had 'bad luck'. Together, we can put an end to homelessness!
I, too, contribute to ending homelessness.
Moving from emergency policy to sustainable solutions
For Street Nurses, as for most other actors in the field, the end of homelessness is not a distant dream.
Over the past ten years, Street Nurses has been able to rehouse more than 170 people.
However, the number of homeless people on the streets of Brussels or Liège does not seem to be decreasing, quite the contrary. So where does the problem lie?
It is high time that our society no longer considers it "normal" for people to live on the streets. A paradigm shift is needed: priority to sustainable solutions rather than "crisis management" measures, such as winter plans or the creation of night shelters, etc.
1. Better prevention by strengthening social mechanisms that prevent people from ending up on the street, due to economic, family or mental/physical health misfortune.
2. A stronger policy of creating affordable housing for the most disadvantaged groups in our society.
3. More intensive individual support for people who are currently homeless, as well as for those who are rehoused, both in terms of their physical and mental health and in terms of administration.
While waiting for mentalities to evolve in this direction, Infirmiers de rue continues its work in the field, in close collaboration with its partners in the social and medical network. We accompany the most vulnerable homeless people towards their reintegration into housing and continue to monitor those who have already been rehoused to ensure that they do not return to the streets.
Our work consists of intensive accompaniment, which requires a lot of human and financial resources. Although the association is supported by the public authorities, it has to be said that the subsidies do not cover the necessary budget of the association at all.
In order to make ends meet, the support of private foundations, companies and individuals like you is more necessary than ever.
1000 THANKS for your support!
Our campaign is, this year, graciously supported by KBC-Brussels, the National Lottery, Groupe santé CHC, Prefer, Producteam, imprimerie Hecht et Expansion as well as many media from Brussels and Liège.
We regret that, because of the imagery used, some people think that this campaign is aimed at IKEA. Nothing could be further from the truth. IKEA supports the fight against homelessness and takes concrete actions to this end, for example in the area of housing for single parents. As street nurses, we are regular customers of IKEA.
The impact of your donation:
- 170 very vulnerable homeless people permanently rehoused.
- 50 people annually supported to leave the streets.
- 70 people followed up in their homes, after a journey on the street
A changing mentality: yes, the end of homelessness is possible!
Take part in the Brussels Sleep Out!
Accept the challenge to spend the long winter night of 17 December outside to raise awareness about homelessness.
Find out more about this action here
© Images: Pierre-Yves Jotray & Infirmiers de rue ASBL