Survey on Rough Sleepers in the Provincial Capital Munich

Survey on Rough Sleepers in the Provincial Capital Munich

Client: Sozialreferat, Amt für Wohnen und Migration (2020 – 2021) | Area: Social Risks & Social Work

Main Interest |

The city of Munich has now valid information about the number of rough sleepers. The last elicitation was made in 2007 and based on this, a further estimation in 2012. Furthermore, one must assume, that the structure in the group of rough sleepers has changed since the last elicitation. For that reason, up to date information about the number and structure of rough sleepers are gathered in anew quantitative survey.

On the client’s side, the gathered insights will allow to reassess the effectiveness of current welfare institutions for rough sleepers and to identify possible room for improvement.


SINE-Mandate |

It’s the SINE-Institute´s responsibility to implement the quantitative survey and to determine the number of rough sleepers in Munich, once at the time of winter and the other time in summer. Following both parts of the survey, a quantitative questioning of a specific sample will be conducted to gather deepened information about the circumstances of homelessness.


Methods |

The cross-sectional study will be conducted on two different target dates. Therefore:

  • the focused research area is defined.
  • A short questionnaire is developed to collect basic structural data.
  • The SINE Staff recruits and trains the persons who carry out the survey.
  • The questionnaires are captured electronically and checked for plausibility.
  • the data is analysed statistically along varies categories. The two runs of the cross-sectional study are compared with each other.

The quantitative questionnaire is sampled, and the collected data are categorised and analysed along specific criteria.

The whole survey will be processed in cooperation with the ‚Sozialreferat – Amt für Wohnen und Migration’ and an expert committee of representatives from local welfare institutions.


Responsible | Prof. Dr. Marion Müller und Prof. Dr. Patricia Pfeil (Project Management), Dr. Wiebke Schär, Sebastian Kleele, M.A.