However, against the backdrop of this dismal situation, it is worth highlighting a few positive repercussions. Solidarity between citizens, young people, the not-so-young, and adults, as well as the collaboration between the authorities and street social workers, whose key work has been recognised.
Right from the first wave several towns quickly took action to house the homeless. However, we rightly wonder about the long-term future of these initiatives. What will happen once the crisis is over? Can we hope that tackling homelessness will no longer be a forgotten issue once the crisis ends? As Edwin de Boevé, head of Dynamo International, reiterates, “tackling homelessness is all about offering long-term housing, and not an emergency bed, but instead sustainable housing and proper support.”