Russia

Journey Home

Established in 1994 as a street paper, ‘Na Dne’ – named ‘Put Domoi’ since 2003 – promotes social re-integration through employment support.

Put Domoi (Journey Home) organise football tournaments for those who do not have a home or are not legally registered in the country, as well as for people suffering from substance abuse.

Put Domoi has been running the “Social rehabilitation through football” programme since 2003. In 2007, they created a street football league of 20 teams of people who were homeless, refugees, people affected by substance abuse, and representatives of other vulnerable groups.

They joined the Homeless World Cup family in 2003 and have taken part in every event.

Among their main activities are; the publishing and distribution of street papers, making movies with the participation of socially excluded people, organizing internal football events for socially excluded people, and taking part in external football events also.

Interesting fact: For the last twelve years Put Domoi have delivered all activities with money raised entirely by themselves.

Organisation Details

Participants

Homeless men and women, non-registered persons, refugees, and people suffering from substance abuse

Locations

Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Siberia (Novosibirsk, Angarsk, Tomsk)

Homelessness Statistics

3.5%
Of the population in Russia are homeless
13.3%
of Russian's live below the poverty line

Many people still perceive homeless people as criminals rather than unprotected population group, due to a long official tradition that criminalised homelessness and vagrancy. Problems for homeless people are aggravated by the lack of legislative and administrative measures (Kenneth and Marsh, 1999, p. 235).

Russia’s governmental statistics agency Rosstad has not collected any numbers on homeless people since 2010. The official number from that period – 64,000 – is thought to be far too low, and it is estimated that the real number is roughly 5 million (Euromaidan Press, 2017).

Around 19 million people, 13.3% of Russia’s population, live below the poverty line (CIA, 2017).