Netherlands

Life Goals Foundation

Life Goals Foundation help vulnerable people at the edges of society integrate through sports. The foundation provides special sports programmes for people who have faced major negative life events.
Under the supervision of specially trained Social Sports Coaches, Life Goals Foundation run sports programmes. By participating in these programmes, players improve conditions across all areas of their lives, such as housing, work, and leisure. Sports are not only fun, but can be a huge incentive to reconnect with society.

Organisation Details

Participants

Homeless, socially disadvantaged men and women, those affected by substance abuse, victims of domestic violence, and ex-prisoners

Locations

21 cities across the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht

Homelessness Facts

40%
Of all homeless people are found in the biggest cities: Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, and Rotterdam (FEANTSA, 2019)
74%
Increase in homeless people in the Netherlands from 2009-2016 (13,000) (FEANTSA, 2019)

Homeless shelters in the four largest cities in the Netherlands have become overcrowded, with the number of homeless people increasing nationally by 74% (FEANTSA, 2019). A major reason for this increase is the housing shortage, along with a lack of cooperation between the cities (NL Times, 2018).

The Hague focuses on people who are homeless due to financial problems more than those that have addiction or psychiatric problems (NL Times, 2018).