Swedish 'Hotel' Lets You Pay to Be Homeless
Sleep in the cold for $15 a night
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
A screen grab from the Faktum Hotels website.   (Faktumhotels.com)

(Newser) – A Swedish organization is offering visitors a unique hotel experience: They can spend a night as a homeless person for $15. The "hotel," run by Faktum magazine in the city of Gothenburg, has 10 "rooms," including a sleeping bag in a park, a dirty mattress under a bridge, or the floor of a vacant paper mill. There have been some 1,000 bookings since the hotel's establishment in November, the Local reports.

"Few actually make it through the night and we had a very cold, harsh winter. But some really tried, with one woman managing to stay for about four hours," says the magazine's editor. "A couple of guests ... told me that it made them appreciate their every day life in a new way. The simple things like a warm bed, a roof, and a job." But the local government doesn't love the project, he notes. "We really want to raise awareness of the homeless situation so that our politicians will take action," he says. But "they like to think that everything is fine in our city."

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iq145
Mar 31, 2013 11:42 PM CDT
Those Swedish are so sophisticated. HAHA :-)
Libris_Fidelis
Mar 31, 2013 6:22 PM CDT
There is NO WAY POSSIBLE that anyone can experience homelessness for one night or even for one week! When I was homeless, first of all, I had no idea there were homeless SHELTERS... there is nothing in the telephone book because there aren't enough shelter beds in our entire USA to house even a portion of the homeless population! The shelters would be overwhelmed! Secondy, after my first six months of homelessness, I looked back on my experiences and thought to myself, my gosh I learned a lot about being homeless! After my first year of homelessness, I had learned about shelters, but there are all kinds of limitations and I have never been alcoholic or used drugs nor have I ever been deranged or have an arrest record! And I looked back on my first year of homelessness and I thought to myself, I thought I knew what homelessness was six months ago, and was I ever wrong! After another six months I had still learned more about the skills and strategies of my being homeless, and so it went until my veteran's pension was awarded to me, and six months after that... George W. Bush cancelled the provisions that awarded me with my veteran pension - however, the suspension was not retroactive and my VA physicians told me not to get arrested, because I would never re-qualify under the new post-Bush VA regulations. Anyone who thinks they can experience homelessness without actually being homeless is sadly being very self-delusional and are giving themselves a quite misintentional visit to fantasy land!
right2dave
Mar 25, 2013 1:28 PM CDT
Obama provides the same service to a good population of the US for free.