Hungary

Otalom Sports Association

Oltalom Sports Association give disadvantaged and homeless people the opportunity to participate in sports and social activities. Their programmes, including regular football training sessions, are designed to improve the health of participants, promote understanding, and reduce crime in some of Hungary’s most dangerous areas. Through sports, OSA bring people together and help create valuable contacts and friendships.

Organisation Details

Participants

Homeless men and women and marginalised youth

Locations

Five different locations, including Budapest and Szeged

Homelessness Statistics

15 000
People are estimated to be homeless in Hungary

The government has criminalised “habitual living” in public spaces, including underpasses, bridges, playgrounds etc. Offenders can be fined, forced to carry out community service, and even imprisoned. The law has been criticised by many NGOs (The Economist, 2013).