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Challenge gr. 9

Denne idé er en del af Welfare professions and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Alina Johansen
8. februar 2019

World goals:

- 1. no poverty

- 3. good health and well-being

- 10. reduced inequalities

- 16. peace, justice and strong institutions 


In 2017 there came a new law where the homeless can be punished with a fine or zone ban if they sleep overnight in the streets together. The background for the law’s introduction was that especially in Copenhagen, the Romans made so-called camps which created insecurity. This had led to more Danish homeless citizens becoming insecure and more vulnerable to danger and violence, as they cannot be allowed to stay/sleep together at night. We believe there is a need for a different and more innovative approach to the homeless, because punishment is not a solution. This legislation only contributes to further stigmatization and marginalization of an already exposed group, which has increased in recent years in Denmark and continues to do.
There are several homeless people who have their reasons not to choose hostels to sleep in, which can be psychological diagnoses which means that they cannot be in rooms with 4 walls. There are also many of the homeless citizens who have a dog as their companion, but it is not in every hostel it is allowed to have animals with you. This make the homeless citizens to choose sleeping in the street all alone exposing themselves to danger. For an example, a homeless sleeping alone at the station in Skodsborg, was set on fire.
Our idea is for the municipalities to find some small areas for the homeless, where they can sleep together at night. It shall not be a building, but maybe some simple shelters and fire places. These places should be placed relatively centrally, but also a place where there are not many people at night.
The plan is to ensure that the homeless get places where they can sleep and stay together at night. In this way the homeless can achieve the security they need. This can also allow professionals to get in touch with the homeless citizens, who do not choose to spend the night at hostels.
The state expects that the homeless citizens seek the help they need, but we do not believe this approach necessarily works for these group of citizens. This approach requires these homeless citizens to have the necessary mental and physical resources to make the choices. Beside there must be some kind of self-care before the homeless citizens will choose health and well-being. Lack of these resources may cause these homeless citizens to be lost in our system, as the system is not built to meet the needs of these people.

Such places can open an opportunity where you can come and meet these citizens and create a trusting and confident relationship with them. We should come to the homeless instead of expecting them to come to us. It can be nurses who come periodically and offers health check. It can also be social workers who come and listen to them, ask questions and informs them about the possibilities and rights, at the level that is understandable to the homeless citizens. They can act some kind of bridge builders to the system. 

In the long run the plan should get more homeless people to increase self-care trough help, support and guidance. Also, they should increase their own resources to master their own lives and, in some way, could get out of homelessness, if it is what they want.

Our goal for the project is not to remove homelessness, but to meet homeless people and learn about their needs and respekt that not all of them want to get a home, like projekt "Hjem til alle" is about. It is about safty at night for alle people. 


link : https://youtu.be/T4Mfspe83HA 


Made by: Ann Marie Pedersen, Charlotte Kirstine Poulsen, Rikke Guldbrandsen, Natasja Dyhr, Lizzie Paludan-Müller og Alina Johansen 


Indsendt af Baagø den 20. februar 2019

Hi group,
Interesting idea. Please translate it to english.
There is a lot of different thoughts going on here. I would suggest you look at hjemtilalle.dk for more inspiration on what projects are already being developed. Further, you could look at SAND.
You put a lot of thought in how you think the homeless think about sleeping - do you have any data supporting your claims?
Also, please consider where this initiative will be developed - it has a significant impact on how to more soecific conceptualize the idea.

looking forward to see your idea develop.
Best regards