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Homelessness: Why are there ever more homeless people in rich Hamburg?

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Social Senator Melanie Leonhardt in a dispute with a homeless person, a business representative and the editor-in-chief of the homeless magazine Hinz & Kunzt

Kryzstof Lewandowski lives under the pedestrian bridge at Hopfenmarkt.
© Mauricio Bustamante

The Facts: For the first time since 2009, the Social Security Agency has presented a comprehensive homelessness study in Hamburg. After that, 1910 people were found on the street. Ten years ago it was 1029. While 70 percent were Germans in 2009, today it is 36 percent. Just under 30 percent of the homeless receive social benefits, many of them collect bottles, beg or have no income at all. The welfare associations of the city criticize the realization of the study sharply. They accuse the authority of having methodological shortcomings and assume that the number of unreported cases is higher than ten years ago.

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