Per Statistics Netherlands, the number of homeless in the country has more than doubled over a 10 years span.

From its first estimation in 2009 to 2018, the number has raised from 17,800 to 39,300 for the 18 – 64 year old demographic. Amongst 18 – 29-year-olds, homelessness has more than tripled with 1/3 falling in the age bracket. Additional statistics of note showed that 84% of homeless were men; 37% lived in one of the four major Dutch municipalities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht); 57% had a migration background.

The numbers come as concerning as they represent a new upwards trend. Between 2009 – 2012, the amount of homeless rose by 10,000 but that trajectory reversed until 2014. The reasons for the disturbing statistics are many but center around the shortage of temporary and emergency housing, financial pressures, severe addiction issues, relationship problems, and mental health issues.