La Strada conducted its poll on 8 November last autumn. Between 11 p.m. and midnight, some 150 volunteers counted 1,994 homeless in Brussels in an operation called "one night blitz." A similar method in November 2008, two years earlier, had given a result of 1,771.
329 of the almost 2,000 homeless, or 17 percent, had to sleep out on the street. That's a 22 percent increase. A majority finds a place to sleep in a homeless shelter or in abandoned premises.
It's difficult to know the exact number of homeless in Brussels, but Laurent Van Hoorebeke of La Strada says that the counts provide a good estimation. He adds that a number of homeless remain "invisible". These people could not be included in the statistics.