EUROCITIES   Social Affairs Forum (SAF) Working group on Homelessness (WGH) Cities Strategies against HomelessnessPresenta...
Participants•   Copenhagen     •   Rotterdam•   Genoa          •   Riga•   Glasgow        •   Stockholm•   Helsinki       ...
Objective WGHIn order to address the numerous problemsleading to homelessness, the Working Groupon Homeless (WGH) pointed ...
Strategic objectives:• Overall reduction of the number of homeless  people• Elimination of homelessness for families• Abol...
Operational objectives:• Developing European quality standards in services  for homeless people as well as in services to ...
Designations of measures Offers for homeless         Offers for non -        people              homeless peopleTemporary ...
ETHOS - European Typology on            HomelessnessCONCEPTU       OPERATIONA     SUB                       DESCRIPTION   ...
Measures promoting successful    housing integration   •Transitory accommodations with specificsupport (e.g. for target gr...
Reasons for success• The cooperation between municipalities and  NGOs is useful to tackle homelessness  successfully• The ...
Major obstacles preventing  successful integration •A lack of professional support to people who are endangered to become ...
Conclusion•The problem of homelessness is fact a problemof the whole European society.•The realization of this by public a...
Recommendations   •A clear description of problems, aims andgoals (including time table and financialrequirements) efforts...
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EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum Working Group on Homelessness Cities' Strategies against Homelessness - Presentation of first results

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Presentation by Christl Van Gerven, Policy Advisor on Homelessness, City of Rotterdam, Member of the EUROCITIES Working Group on Homelessness, the Netherlands at a FEANTSA conference on Social Emergency and Crisis Intervention in Large European Cities, 2005

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EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum Working Group on Homelessness Cities' Strategies against Homelessness - Presentation of first results

  1. 1. EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum (SAF) Working group on Homelessness (WGH) Cities Strategies against HomelessnessPresentation of first results
  2. 2. Participants• Copenhagen • Rotterdam• Genoa • Riga• Glasgow • Stockholm• Helsinki • Utrecht• Malmö • Vienna• Newcastle • Warsaw• Oslo
  3. 3. Objective WGHIn order to address the numerous problemsleading to homelessness, the Working Groupon Homeless (WGH) pointed out policyrecommendations based on a comparison andanalysis of cities’ strategies to prevent andtackle homelessness.
  4. 4. Strategic objectives:• Overall reduction of the number of homeless people• Elimination of homelessness for families• Abolition of long-term homelessness (more than 2 years in transitory institutions)
  5. 5. Operational objectives:• Developing European quality standards in services for homeless people as well as in services to prevent homelessness and to sustain accommodation• Identification of good practices on empowerment processes
  6. 6. Designations of measures Offers for homeless Offers for non - people homeless peopleTemporary programmes to Support to prevent accommodate homeless homelessness peopleAccompanying programmes Programmes to safeguard sustainable accommodationAuxiliary programmes
  7. 7. ETHOS - European Typology on HomelessnessCONCEPTU OPERATIONA SUB DESCRIPTION AL L CATEGORY CATCATEGORY EGO RY 1 Living in a 1.1 Sleeping RoughROOFLESS public space 1.2 Contacted by outreach services (no abode) 2 2.1 Low-threshold / direct access shelter Stay in a 2.2 Arranged (e.g. low budget hotel) night shelter 2.3 Short-stay hostel and/or forced to spend several hours a day in a public space 3 Homeless 3.1 Short-stay homeless hostel hostel / temporary 3.2 Temporary housing (no defined time)HOUSELESS accommodation 3.3 Temporary housing (transitional defined) 3.4 Temporary housing (longer stay)
  8. 8. Measures promoting successful housing integration •Transitory accommodations with specificsupport (e.g. for target groups) will enable most ofthe homeless to empower themselves and to stayindependently in an own flat at a later time. •For those who will not be able to live withoutsupport even in a long run, specialised longtermaccommodations will ensure a life in dignity.
  9. 9. Reasons for success• The cooperation between municipalities and NGOs is useful to tackle homelessness successfully• The creation of special task forces is helpful to integrate individuals with special needs
  10. 10. Major obstacles preventing successful integration •A lack of professional support to people who are endangered to become homeless, will increase the number of homeless. •Accommodation of the homeless without the aim to (re)integrate them to independent housing, is responsible for an increasing number of people concerned.
  11. 11. Conclusion•The problem of homelessness is fact a problemof the whole European society.•The realization of this by public authorities at allpolitical levels is required•National and regional framework conditions caninfluence the outcome of the practical supportmeasures for the homeless•Cities are more concerned in this issue than ruralregions
  12. 12. Recommendations •A clear description of problems, aims andgoals (including time table and financialrequirements) efforts is needed. •The implementation of actions at the locallevel is a very pragmatic and efficient way toanswer new challenges. •Public private partnership does not mean totake away responsibilities and competencesfrom public authorities to social NGOs !

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