Figures in Liège
During the last count, carried out in 2020, around 500 homeless and inadequately housed people were counted, including 229 living in the public space, in emergency housing or in unconventional places such as tents, garages, etc. Since the implementation of the Liège branch, our teams have relocated nearly 20 people on a sustainable basis.
The average rehousing takes 2 years, but it can vary hugely from person to person: for some, it is 2 months, for others, 4 years or more.
Who are our patients?
Streetnurses accompanies the most vulnerable people of the city of Liège:
- People who have been living on the streets for several years already
- Cumulating significant mental health and/or addictive and/or physical health problems
- QWho are not or almost not surrounded by a psycho-medico-social network, who are most at risk in terms of health (mortality and morbidity rates)
- For whom, generally, the various “classic” approaches to reintegration have failed
The profile of the public followed in Liège has its own peculiarities: they are generally poly-users (i. e. users of several types of substances such as alcohol and drugs), mostly young, male and female.
Objective: promoting sustainable reintegration through housing
For Streetnurses, remission is not possible without housing. Our teams of nurses, social workers and educators aim to reintegrate into housing through a global psycho-socio-medical follow-up.
At the same time, a housing referent ensures to capture adapted housing for the Liège patients who are ready to get off the street.
In this context, we are not acting in a emergency but for sustainable reintegration. Our action is complementary to the work carried out by other field associations active with the homeless public in Liège.