Israel

Home Base

Home Base is a non-profit organization, offering a different approach for rehabilitation treatments for people who are homeless. Using sports as a therapeutic tool, Home Base nurtures personal connections with the excluded homeless population.

Through active participation and the relationships formed within the teams – players are rehabilitated and reintroduced to society.

Together with their partners, they operate two men’s groups and one women’s group, with the goal of opening additional groups across Israel.

Once a year, they proudly represent Israel at the Homeless World Cup.

Organisation Details

Participants

People experiencing homelessness

Locations

Tel Aviv

Homelessness Statistics

25,000

Israeli Association for Civil Rights’ estimated number of homeless people (Times of Israel, 2018)

10%
Percentage of homeless people who qualify for social benefits (Times of Israel, 2018)

610

Estimated number of homeless people who have died on the street in the past 15 years (Haaretz, 2018)

A large portion of Israel’s population are heavily affected by economic upheaval, with the OECD ranking the country as having one of the highest rates poverty among its members (First Rates, 2016).

Israel has stringent criteria for the definition of homelessness, with only 10% being aided by social services (Times of Israel, 2018).

Poverty affects more women than men in Israel due to receiving lower wages and benefits (MJB, 2018).