What do we see?
Although there is no detailed data on the number of homeless people in Flanders and Belgium, we were able to derive various figures in 2014. Between January and February 2014, an estimated 711 adults and 51 children used winter shelters, and 3,109 adults and 1,675 children were registered with the homeless service. We estimate the total number of homeless people in the same period at around 5,456 people. In addition, 599 people in Flanders were threatened with eviction.
What’s the aim?
Being homeless has a significant socio-economic impact related to housing. It can be caused by various factors such as the existing supply of housing and real estate prices. Expanding the supply of social housing could reduce the pressure on house prices and make it easier for people to find a decent home. More efficient use of existing buildings could also provide a solution to this problem. However, more research is still needed in this area.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows how many homeless people there were in Flanders between January and February 2014. The data comes from the SWVG (Centre for Welfare, Public Health and Family). They calculate this based on the number of people who use a homeless shelter or are registered with the homeless service.