Support for homeless and excluded people in Switzerland

We collect donations and launch calls for projects to support the homeless and excluded in Switzerland. Your donations enable these people to regain their place in Swiss society.

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The most severe form of poverty in Switzerland

Forced to sleep on the street because they no longer have a home, a place they can go to recover from the bustle and stress or simply to rest—this is what it means to be homeless. Even though homelessness is considered the most serious form of poverty in Switzerland, there are still no national statistics describing the extent of the phenomenon. However, according to emergency shelter counts, the number of people with no access to housing is on the rise. But these figures only provide a snapshot, not the whole picture. They don’t offer any information on people living in temporary rentals, substandard housing, or unsuitable places such as cars or campsites.

Homelessness is very rarely voluntary

According to the first-ever in-depth study on homeless people in Basel conducted by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland*, becoming homeless or finding yourself with no fixed address is very rarely voluntary. Of all the participants interviewed, only three had chosen to live without a roof over their heads. According to the same study, the main factor that leads a person to become homeless is loss of employment.

Health problems, relationship troubles and Switzerland’s housing market are just a few of the factors that aggravate the situation and have the potential to prolong it. Undocumented migrants, asylum seekers and people suffering from psychological problems also face the risk of having to live on the streets. One of our priorities is therefore to analyse these people’s specific needs in order to respond appropriately.

*Obdachlosigkeit, Wohnungslosigkeit und prekäres Wohnen Ausmass, Profil und Bedarf in der Region Basel, Matthias Drilling, Jörg Dittmann, Tobias Bischoff

"Since its beginnings, Swiss Solidarity has been committed to helping people in need in Switzerland, whether in response to natural disasters or individual precarious circumstances. More recently, we expanded our assistance to include youth in crisis and child victims of family violence. Today it is essential for us to be able to give those who live on the streets or in substandard housing a chance again to find their proper place in Swiss society. This is why we fund quality projects."
Stefanie Werder, Head of Social Action Switzerland, Swiss Solidarity

How your donation helps

By collecting donations and launching a call for projects, we are seeking first and foremost to raise public awareness about this elephant in the room, a subject that nevertheless represents a dramatic reality in Switzerland. We now have funds available that will enable us to support the first projects. To sustain our action over the long term, we are calling on your solidarity to help us fund concrete actions such as:

  • Providing housing, including emergency accommodation and innovative solutions such as “tiny houses” (construction of temporary houses)
  • Providing basic necessities for sleeping and eating, lockers and healthcare
  • Organising activities to help homeless and excluded people to find their place in society
  • Carrying out street social work—reaching out to those who do not make use of aid structures
  • Providing legal support and guidance for homeless people so that their voices can be heard


More information

In 2022, Swiss Solidarity supported the following organizations through its homeless fund:

  • Aids Hilfe Bern
  • Armée du Salut Suisse Territoriales Hauptquartier
  • Association aux 6 logis
  • Association Femmes à Bord
  • Association Immo-solidaire
  • Association La Tuile
  • Association Les Lents
  • Association Maison de la Diaconie et de Solidarité
  • Association pour la sauvegarde du logement des personnes précaires (ASLPP)
  • Association pour le Bateau
  • Association Sleep In
  • Association vaudoise de sauvegarde du logement des personnes précarisées-AVSL
  • Associazione Movimento dei Senza Voce
  • ATD Quart Monde / ATD Vierte Welt
  • Caritas Genève
  • Collectif d’associations pour l’urgence sociale (CausE)
  • Collectif du Petit Magg
  • Collectif Mapo
  • CONTACT Stiftung für Suchthilfe
  • Fondation Le Relais, Rel’aids
  • Fondation Mère Sofia
  • Fondazione Casa Marta
  • Fondazione MATER
  • Frauenhaus beider Basel
  • INST – International Network of Social Tours
  • Kirchliche Gassenarbeit Bern
  • Kirchliche Notherberge Thurgau
  • Kirchliche Passantenhilfe Bern AKiB
  • Le Caré
  • Médecins du Monde Suisse
  • National Coalition Building Institute Schweiz
  • Pôle Solidarité de l’Eglise Catholique Romaine
  • Rêves sûrs – Sichere Träume
  • Solidara Zürich
  • Unabhängige Fachstelle für Sozialhilferecht UFS
  • Verein Ein Bett für Obdachlose Zug
  • Verein Frauenoase
  • Verein für Gassenarbeit – Schwarzer Peter
  • Verein kirchliche Gassenarbeit Luzern
  • Verein Sanibern
  • Verein VIWO
  • Verein Wohnenbern
  • Verein Wohngenuss
  • XENIA Fachstelle Sexarbeit

You are an organization or association active in Switzerland and would like to apply for funding? Click here (French) or here (German) for more details.

Together, we want to enable those who are isolated and vulnerable to be seen and have a real place in our society. Thank you, because your donation will make a difference in these people’s lives.

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If you have any questions or would like to know more about our Foundation, please contact us. We will be happy to answer you.