Roma family offered housing dozen times

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A Roma gypsy family living in the Dutch city of Utrecht has been offered housing at least 13 times over the last 30 years, Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad reports.

The family were evicted at least five times due to disorderly conduct or rent arrears. The housing offered included houses (four times), hotels (twice), bungalows or a camping (seven times), the newspaper says quoting documents it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Earlier this week, it emerged the municipality had paid 29,000 euros to house the family in various locations. The family are said to have repaid 12,000 euros. The family have had no fixed abode since 2009, when disorderly conduct led to their eviction from a flat.

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