Tax dollars wasted on criminals: 'One of the most difficult decisions I have taken'

Free flyttehjælp and 15,000 of taxpayers ' money in the pocket money. What have criminals got to move out of a ghettoområde in Odense. To no avail. For Risin

Tax dollars wasted on criminals: 'One of the most difficult decisions I have taken'

Free flyttehjælp and 15,000 of taxpayers ' money in the pocket money. What have criminals got to move out of a ghettoområde in Odense. To no avail.

For Risingområdet ends, by all accounts, to be labeled as 'tough ghetto' next year, despite the cash available to the convicted residents to pack up their paraphernalia and leave.

"We have rewarded the criminals, and we have not succeeded with it, we wanted to achieve. It was a chance we took, and it was worth a try," says the director of the housing association FAB, Jacob Michaelsen.

He does not regret, to residents in 2019 is judged according to the penal code, våbenloven or the law on narcotic substances, have been offered money funded by Odense Municipality as well as three public housing companies to move away.

But he has the personally difficult decision, sounds.

"Personally it has been one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my professional work. For it is quite awry to give money to criminals," he says.

Resident in the Risingområdet Allan Victory Christensen understands that tax dollars are spent and wasted in the attempt to reduce the number of criminals. But he is opposed on principle to the measure.

"I do not think it is a good idea to reward criminals to move, but you have to sometimes try things and get some experience," he says.

Had 12-15 people in Risingområdet accepted the money and moved, would the neighbourhood unit not end up on the list of 'hard ghetto areas', which will probably involve the demolition of housing with an estimated three-digit millionregning to follow.

But a few thanks to the controversial offer.

"We have managed to get one to move out within the time limit, while another is to move," says Jacob Michaelsen and continues:

"It is more likely than not that we will be on the list of 'hard ghettos' next year."

"Unless politicians come to mind, that it is a good idea to let boligorganisationerne even present the results for the current year."

He refers here to the ministry of housing using figures from the year before to measure crime, unemployment, income and level of education among the residents.

Thus, the figures are from 2019 essential for Risingområdets status in 2020. And the status is therefore that Risingområdet for the fifth year in a row will be to find on the ghettolisten next year.

It automatically means that the homes in the northeast of Odense objectively is a 'tough ghetto'.

Jacob Michaelsen tells that the offer of paid flyttehjælp and spending will continue to apply in 2020 in the hope that the ministry on a year will look at Odense Municipality and the housing companies ' own figures, rather than the verified figures from Statistics Denmark, which comes with a one-year delay.

it is not Happening, is about half of the 1.331 residents to be resettled. And it's not even amusing to convey the message, says Jacob Michaelsen.

He has experience, because FAB also has homes in the hard ghetto Vollsmose.

"having To tell people that their houses should be demolished, and that they be re-homed, there is nothing good in the. People are getting really bored of it," says Jacob Michaelsen.

Updated Date: 02 December 2019, 16:00

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