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Homeless in Amsterdam?

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 03:32 PM

We know someone that just enjoys the homeless lifestyle. He is currently in Barcelona, Spain and is now heading to Amsterdam. Does anyone know how homeless are treated in Amsterdam (especially for a non Dutch citizen)? :confused: We we were there last year, I do not remember seeing any type of homeless people about.
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 03:36 PM

We know someone that just enjoys the homeless lifestyle. He is currently in Barcelona, Spain and is now heading to Amsterdam. Does anyone know how homeless are treated in Amsterdam (especially for a non Dutch citizen)? :confused: We we were there last year, I do not remember seeing any type of homeless people about.


i know a girl who isn't a dutch citizen and she just squats places. she is homeless and doesn't really care. they aren't treated badly, no one really pays attention to them. i don't know about the police though if its a problem they may deal with it but she seems to get along just fine

you didn't see homeless people because they don't always look homeless

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 03:49 PM

It's pretty rough. They mostly sleep on park benches or in shopping malls after dark. Not many people give them money, unless they have some kind of skill or performance (musical instruments or whatever). But homeless people aren't ridiculed or bullied, people just hardly pay attention to them.

There are quite a lot of homeless shelters in Amsterdam though, and a bunch of Salvation Army places where you can sleep for the night. They won't let you in if you use harddrugs, dunno if that's a problem for your friend.

That's the most I can think of, and I'm from the Netherlands.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 03:50 PM

Have you seen the movie Hostel?

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 03:55 PM

Thank you guys for the info on it. He does have a "performance" flare which seems to make him money along the way. :wave: :smoking: I figured it might be in the parks for his best bet for sleeping.

I have seen Hostel, tripped out movie!

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 04:10 PM

Squatting is quite common in Amsterdam...

Legal Aspects

The Netherlands is among a handful of countries where — under certain circumstances — squatting is not forbidden by law. If a building has not been used for a period of twelve months, and the owner can not demonstrate that he plans to ’soon’ start using the building again, squatting is tolerated.

In light of this law, squatters are seen as people who occupy the building ‘without right or title.’ The rightful owner can start a civil procedure to have the squatters removed, but in order to do so he will have to prove that he plans to make use of the building within a reasonable amount of time.

Technically, breaking into a building — even one that is not in use — remains illegal, and police will arrest anyone caught in the act of doing so. Therefore well-organized squatters come prepared to immediately repair any sign of breaking and entering — and to lay claim to the building by putting at least one chair, one table, and one bed inside, which establishes the fact that the place is now in use as a private dwelling.

More often than not, the squatters will then contact police so that it can be legally established that the building was unoccupied in the sense of the law, that no trespassing took place (since the building was not in use), and that the squatters intent to use the building as a private home.


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Posted 11 May 2010 - 04:35 PM

my first time in amsterdam I gave the final night in my hotel room up so I could get my deposit back and go spend it on the town. I ended up taking a nap on the grassy field right beside the van gogh museum. to be honest I actually enjoyed not having a place to sleep that night, but with that said i doubt i could do it for more than 1-2 days.

Like herb said the homless people are hardly noticed over there...I have only been asked for change twice

As far as if hes a performer than there is no place better. tell him to go sit outside of central station or in dam square and he came make bank...he dosn't even have to be good at whatever he does. When I was there in april there was this old guy who would just play the zilaphone(sp?) and he even made bank.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:25 AM

We know someone that just enjoys the homeless lifestyle. He is currently in Barcelona, Spain and is now heading to Amsterdam. Does anyone know how homeless are treated in Amsterdam (especially for a non Dutch citizen)? :confused: We we were there last year, I do not remember seeing any type of homeless people about.



I read an amsterdam tour guide here on grasscity the other day, some dude talked about seeing an american homeless guy in amsterdam that came up to him saying "Ey! You're my best friend, remember?" Crazy people haha

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:31 AM

every homeless person is your best friend haha

they are just so interested in hearing every detail of your life, maybe you'd like to discuss it over a meal, YOUR TREAT! :D

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:33 AM

^ eh, IDK, in Amsterdam I think id have to buy the dude a couple shots and a joint, just because of the special occasion of me being there=p

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:35 AM

i've smoked up a homeless person before haha

he was a polish guy, my age. i just wanted to hear what all had happened to him up to this point. he was a really cool guy, said he had no interest in living a "normal" life, that he was doing fine squeezing by in life with his guitar and he wouldn't want it any other way. he also said his name was incredibly difficult to write and that he would just train hop and if he ever got caught, would gladly hand over his passport so they could get his information knowing they wouldn't write his name right.

he said he had been caught train hopping multiple times, had his name written down multiple times and never once got charged for it. lucky duck haha

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:37 AM

I was coming out of a pizza place on a shitty side of town not long ago, and what appeared to be a homeless prostitute came up and tried, (in vain) to proposition me. I offered her a cigarette and gave her a slice of pizza and laughed and got in my car. I was like, oh that's nice but no. I mean no. No. No. No that's ok no thank you no. No.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:38 AM

Ive actually smoked out a homeless dude too. I was in this tunnel under some railroad tracks with a friend (Tunnel connects under highway, so its a quick way to jay-walk under the highway. Anyways, this dude comes down there while we're burning, kinda eyeing us all weird. He was pretty scraggly lookin, so I was like "Hey man, you wanna couple hits?" Dude hella brightened up and was like "ah, thanks man! I gotta go to this job interview right now, but thanks, now i won't be as nervous!". dude got up and left, was pretty funny haha




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