“Property speculation pushes rents up.” “We don’t need statistics, we need help.” “You don’t find homeless people in the statistics, they don’t exist.” “The number of people who earn money but can’t afford to buy a house or pay rent is unbelievable.” “My benefits just cover my rents.” “Social housing is poor quality. It takes a lot to heat, and bills are high. So people end up on the street.” “You have to put up a high tenants’ security deposit to rent somewhere.” “A family with 7 children lives in an apartment that has 34 square meters of floor space.” “Some people have to get by living in their car.” “There are a lot of empty houses. They could be reclaimed somehow or other.”
Source: Report of the 8th European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty, 2009, EAPN.