Football for the Homeless
Football for the Homeless organise weekly training sessions, with a view to establishing a national homeless league. Participants are usually referred to the programme by their social worker. Two of their teams focus specifically on men suffering from mental health issues.
Participants are also able to gain coaching qualifications, thereby enhancing the sustainability and growth of the organisation.
Their programme is funded by the Ministry of Public Security’s budget for crime prevention.
The authorities report around 2,000 people living on the streets, but it is estimated that there are another 1,000 whose cases have not been recorded. Because of the limited definition of homelessness, there are around 10,000 people in insecure housing conditions who do not meet the criteria for social housing (Haaretz, 2011).