Hungary for a Home

Thanks to a new law in Hungary – enforced on December 1, 2011 – those who are forced to sleep on the country’s streets will be fined or may face a severe jail term.

Hungary bans homelessness.

The National Assembly of Hungary has chosen to make homelessness illegal, in an act to resolve the ongoing issue. Apparently, by making a problem illegal, you can fix it.

Budapest – the country’s capital– is thought to contain more than 10,000 homeless individuals, and has become one of the nation’s most problematic locations for unemployment, and lack of support for those without homes.

So, Hungary has decided to bring in a US$600 fine for those who choose to accommodate streets at night, claiming that the discipline will decrease the rate of homelessness across the board.

Unfortunately for them, hotels and hostels have been dealing with overcrowding for the past 12 months, and now face the overwhelming amount of  individuals who are being forced under their roofs.

Hungarian charities are opposing the new law, claiming that the lack of accommodation available to the public will result in more than 3,000 individuals who will be unable to avoid being prosecuted.

Preparations for the charities to approach the National Assembly about the matter, are currently underway.

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Categories: Politics, Law

Author:Cassie McBlane

Cassie McBlane is an established blogger, published author, passionate writer, editor and content marketing specialist.

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3 Comments on “Hungary for a Home”

  1. February 1, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    This is bizarre. Unless there is a huge gap in what drives homelessness in Hungary vs other nations, this law seems so uninformed. For starters, jail is probably a much more comfortable place to spend the night than on the streets. Secondly, it is usually a government’s failures to provide adequate employment opportunities and mental health services that lead to homelessness. Therefore it should be the government that is locked up for contributing to homelessness.

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