The Flemish authorities put in place an action plan 2015-2019 to fight poverty but the results are disappointing. They pledge to halve the proportion of children born into poverty. Instead, the number of children from 0 to 3 years living in precarious conditions do not stop growing. It broke a record in 2017, with 13,8%.
“The Flemish government is committed to quality housing, prevents and combats homelessness”, according to the action plan. Five years ago, 34 % of children living in poverty live in poor quality housing. Now, it has increased to 37%.
135,000 prospective tenants are waiting for a social house whereas they were 105,000 five years ago.
The Pact 2020 written by the Flemish government states: "In 2020, Flanders scores best of the EU 27 in terms of poverty reduction." If you look at single-parent families, progress can be made : 40% of single-parent families in Belgium are at risk of poverty, as much as in Romania.