According to an estimate, 45,000 people lived without any accommodation over the course of a year in 2020
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According to an estimate, the number of homeless people in Germany rose by eight percent to 256,000 people between 2018 and 2020.
This was announced by the Federal Homeless Aid Association (BAGW).
There was an increase of 9.3 percent from 2018 to 2019, and then a slight decrease of 1.5 percent from 2019 to 2020, it said.
In the course of 2020, 45,000 people lived on the streets.
In addition, there would be around 160,000 refugees who would live in shared accommodation or other accommodations.
In 2018 this number was still 440,000, but not so many refugees have come to Germany since then.
The federal working group estimated that the corona pandemic meant that there were more homeless people and people without their own homes.
Many aid organizations should have reduced their offers of accommodation and advice, said managing director Werena Rosenke.
"So we have to suspect that there are more people who are homeless undercover," she said.
There is a lack of affordable housing
Most people without their own apartment are single, it said.
There was a lack of particularly cheap apartments in Germany for this group, as well as for single women.
Rosenke emphasized: »With 100,000 social housing per year - as promised by the traffic light government - the lack of affordable housing cannot be adequately counteracted.
In addition to the social housing, another 100,000 affordable apartments are needed. "
In Berlin, a systematic census recorded around 2000 homeless people on the streets and in emergency shelters on one day in 2020.
According to the Federal Working Group, this number is too low because not all accommodations and sleeping places have been included.
hba / dpa / AFP