Survey “Rough Sleepers in the Provincial Capital Munich”

Survey “Rough Sleepers in the Provincial Capital Munich”

Client: Sozialreferat, Amt für Wohnen und Migration (2022 – 2023) | Area: Social Risks & Social Work

Main Interest |

The city of Munich has now valid information about the current number of rough sleepers. The last elicitation was 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 a new 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 (A) a quantitative survey and to determine the number of rough sleepers in Munich, once at the time of winter and the other time in summer. Furthermore, the (B) survey of a specific sample will be conducted to gather deepened information about the circumstances of homelessness in Munich.


Methods |

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

  • the focused research area will be defined,
  • a short information-form will be developed to collect basic structural data,
  • the teams for the fieldwork will be recruited and intensly trained by SINE-Staff,
  • the information-forms will be captured electronically and checked for plausibility,
  • the data will be analysed statistically along varies categories. The two runs of the cross-sectional study are compared with each other.

B) The in-deep survey of roughsleepers is based on the preliminary gathered data. The questionnaire will be focused on specific topics, concerning a distinctive target-group. The gathered data will be categorised and analysed.

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.

For further information and questions, please contact us:

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