The number of homeless people in Germany jumped over 4% between 2017 and 2018 - an increase of approximately 30,000 people, according to government figures cited by DW.
Some 678,000 people in 2018 did not have permanent accommodation, up from 650,000 in 2017, according to Germany's BAG, a nationwide consortium aimed at helping the homeless. Of that number, 41,000 are out on the streets.
"Compared to the previous year 2017 this means an increase in the total annual figure of 4.2%," Werena Rosenke, head of the BAG, said on Monday. -DW
What's more, Germans with migrant backgrounds are experiencing higher rates of homelessness at 5.9% vs 1.2% for natives.
According to BAG head Rosenke, factors which may account for this include a decrease in affordable housing, cuts in social housing and an increase in poverty. "Without homes for the homeless and without a well thought-through system of prevention in every community, we will not be able to tackle homelessness and the housing shortage," she said.
A July study revealed that most homeless people in Germany live in shelters, with nearly 50,000 living on the streets instead. 75% of the homeless are single men, while 22,000 children are homeless.
Demonstrators marched through Berlin in April 2019 to protest skyrocketing rent increases — rents have doubled over the last decade in cities like Berlin. Protesters demanded the government take control of thousands of apartments from large property companies such as Deutsche Wohnen and Vonovia.
According to the report, Germany needs "between 80,000 and 100,000 new council flats every year, and another 100,000 new affordable apartments."