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.
In October 2018, the Hungarian government officially criminalised rough sleeping, meaning homeless people can be tried, fined, imprisoned and have their possessions burnt. The legislation has been seen to “further marginalise and even demonise vulnerable people” (FEANTSA, 2018).