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Homeless Swede wins tent subsidy battle

The Local · 11 Apr 2012, 10:29

Published: 11 Apr 2012 10:29 GMT+02:00

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The man, who is originally from the Stockholm suburb of Sollentuna, did not think that the various accommodation solutions offered to him in the past were acceptable.

He objected to the standard of the housing and felt that they would not further his ability to return to an independent life, according to the magazine Hem & Hyra.

Instead, the man said he would prefer to live in a tent, which he could pitch anywhere on common land around the city. He also said he had a lot of problems with the storage of his belongings.

According to the man, he is likely to accept a permanent housing solution if it was offered to him.

However, while waiting for that to come through, the man wanted a grant of 10,200 kronor ($1,497) to finance his purchase of a tent, camping mat, a sleeping bag and a backpack.

Although his request was initially rejected by the social welfare board (Socialnämnden), the administrative court (Förvaltningsrätten) ruled against the previous decision and granted the man his request.

The reason for their decision is that it isn’t detrimental to the man’s health, or inappropriate in any other way, reported the paper.

It also works out at the same price as some of the other accommodation solutions that the municipality had come up with previously.

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11:13 April 11, 2012 by muscle
lets see what this guy does in winter!
11:52 April 11, 2012 by hipersons1
Hmmm, homeless students should use this tactic next fall perhaps ...
12:01 April 11, 2012 by silversurfer
For that money he can order alpinist tent which cost 900 euros, ordinary tent cost 50 euros. For this money, he can order luxury equipment and live under tent without problem. In many countries they would not allow him to put tent anywhere in public fields/parks than only in place for camping and there people must pay 10 euro per night. But if he got 10000sek, it is great, he will have good life. There are places in STHLM where he can eat lunch for 10sek (kammakargatan), use washing machine for free (Maria Prästgårdsgata) and pay breakfast 6sek, only dinner he must buy in the foodstore...I used it in 2008.
12:07 April 11, 2012 by chemo007
summer rain n winter snow......this tent cant help in any way.........
14:01 April 11, 2012 by libertarianism
Wealthy 18th century Englishmen hired "hermits" to live in caves and/or huts and spout words of wisdom at passerbyers in gardens and forests. Perhaps our camper will embrace this tradition and share Swedish proverbs with those who happen upon him...

Alla sätt är bra utom de dåliga... Bara döda fiskar följer strömmen... Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig...
14:01 April 11, 2012 by gpafledthis
No wonder swedes are so white-the tax man has to bleed you nearly dry- to pay for this foolishness !!
20:59 April 11, 2012 by muscle

I think for KTH some time back some students had to use these means ... too bad they were not given money by the agency... but with lack of housing facility, students had to spend some nights in tents :)
21:07 April 11, 2012 by Bushyblondehead
Looks like a 4 season tent, going to need it.
21:38 April 11, 2012 by johan rebel
Nobody would have guessed which country this happened in!
03:57 April 12, 2012 by calebian22
Ah yes, homeless "campers." Shanty towns are next, stupid administrators.
07:19 April 12, 2012 by dobermann
To muscle: It doesn't matter what kind of tent you have got as long as you have a good sleeping bag. There are quite a few people living like this in Stockholm and you don't even need to go somewhere far from inner city as long as you are not lazy to pack you tent every morning and hide it. Some people would rather live like this than in homeless shelters where drug addicts and alcoholics and people without any addictions are placed in the same building.The good proof of this is central train station where you can find dozens of homeless people sleeping every day/evening/night...
10:56 April 12, 2012 by OUIJA
Does the tent include a sleeping dictionary? Just wondering.
05:51 April 13, 2012 by SecondGen

The tent matters a little. As a scout leader, we camp here in the Chicago area in tents during the winter (and I think we get colder than you do). We can hit -29C in the winter here (although last time that happened we just spent the day outside but didn't camp that night).

A 4 season tent takes the bite out of winter, but a 3 season tent can be used with a decent blanket hanging from the interior to keep moisture content off the occupant (exhaled air condenses and drops back making a mess in weather colder than the dew point.

Anyway, decent tent like a Eureka K2 (which is what I use in winter) will make life wonderful. Toss in a mummy bag, a foam sleep pad and 2 blankets that can be used as needed and it's very comfy regardless of the weather outside.
07:59 April 14, 2012 by Gjeebes
You don't sleep in a tent in the winter time, you tunnel into the snow, and make a roof with sticks packed with snow on top...unless you want to freeze your ass off! Then with a good rating sleeping bag, you are toasty.
01:38 April 20, 2012 by Coalbanks
Sounds like a homeless guy can live fairly well in Sweden if he does not mind fresh air & accepting tax-payer money. try getting this kind of assistance here! good luck.
02:10 April 20, 2012 by Jeff10
Sheesh, since when are hard working, tax-paying people obligated to house others? If the gov't were to eliminate all of the state welfare benefits, no one would starve or go homeless. You'd find far more people willing to take jobs.
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