Sweden Hotel Offers No Beds For Homeless Experience
A hotel in Sweden is offering no beds, blankets, or pillows.
At the Faktum Hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden, they are raising awareness of what it’s like to be homeless, charging $10 a night to sleep on the floor, under a bridge, wherever you prefer your homeless experience.
In the harsh winter months, however, virtual reality is the more popular option. And while that $10 might seem stupid to some, that money is going to a good cause.
Aaron Israelson, Faktum editor-in-chief, says:
“We’ve had a very cold season in January and February. It’s a time when people take matters like this more serious.”
All hotel profits are used to support Faktum Magazine, a street magazine sold by the homeless in Sweden.
According to the Huffington Post, Aaron Israelson said the hotel was his way to draw attention to what the homeless in Sweden go through:
“We don’t think politicians do enough. This is a reminder of poverty and a way to get involved in an easy manner.”
A journalist for over 13 years, Aaron Israelson opened the project in November 2012 after establishing credibility as editor-in-chief. He comments on the homeless debates:
“There’s a lot of confusion and wrong ideas about who gets to be homeless and who is homeless. People in Sweden think that everyone that is homeless has a drinking or drug problem which is not the case.”
Gothenburg is host to one in six homeless people in Sweden. Aaron Israelson says people are definitely not happy with the way things are with social programs and shelters.
What do you think about the Faktum Hotel in Sweden not offering beds to educate on the homeless condition?
— NLers: Lieke (@Netherlanders) February 19, 2013