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  • FEANTSAPresentation
  • Membership Fé dé ration europé enne des associations nationales travaillant avec les sans-abri (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless) More than 100 member organisations in 25 EU Member States and other European countries National and regional umbrella organisations of service providers for homeless people Full/associate/corresponding members
  • Objectives FEANTSA works closely with the EU institutions, and has consultative status at the Council of Europe and the United Nations. It receives financial support from the European Commission. FEANTSA is committed to: Engaging in constant dialogue with the European institutions and national and regional governments to promote the development and implementation of effective measures to fight homelessness. Conducting and disseminating research and data collection to promote better understanding of the nature, extent, causes of, and solutions to, homelessness. Promoting and facilitating the exchange of information, experience and good practice between FEANTSA’s member organisations and relevant stakeholders with a view to improve policies and practices addressing homelessness. Raising public awareness about the complexity of homelessness and the multidimensional nature of the problems faced by homeless people
  • Decision-Making structure Democratically organised General Assembly (GA) Administrative Council (AC) Executive Committee (EC) Finance Committee (President, treasurer, director and finance officer) Secretariat (implements the work programme)
  • General Assembly Is composed of all full members; other members may assist in a consultative capacity. Has the following responsibilities:  To decide the basic policy (work programmes)  To approve the budget and accounts.  To elect and dismiss members of the Administrative Council.  To amend the statutes.  To exclude members.  To dissolve the association. Decisions are taken by a simple majority. The votes are distributed on the basis of 10 votes per Member State. Meets 1 x per year (usually in connection with the annual conference)
  • Administrative Council One representative from each EU Member State with a full member, Meets 3 x / year Elected by the General Assembly for 2 years (renewable) Elects Executive Committee Reduced responsibilities (see AC document):  Membership applications  Adopts and develops the annual work programme and the annual budget  Adopts policy statements  Establishes working groups  Decides on personnel structure and organisation of work of the Secretariat, dismissal of director  Decides on internal regulations of the secretariat Decisions by simple majority. Consensus is strived for.
  • Executive Committee Elected by and of the Administrative Council for 2 years (renewable) Maximum 7 members, including the President, the 2 vice-presidents, the treasurer and the secretary. Increased responsibilities (see AC document)  Prepares and implements longer term strategies  Prepares decisions of the Administrative Council  Monitors and implements the annual work programme  Supervises staff management  Monitors the research of the Observatory Decisions are taken by majority voting, strives for consensus Meets 4 x per year
  • Working Groups I Appointed by the AC Aim: Develop thematic expertise and facilitate exchanges of good practices Prepare policy documents, background documents, toolkits, databases… Prepare conferences Meet 2 x per year
  • Working Groups II Housing (8 members) Data Collection (5 members, 2 observers) Employment (8 members) Housing Rights (4 members, 2 observers) Health and Social Protection (8 members, 2 observers) Participation (9 members) Migration (4 members, 1-year mandate)
  • Transnational Exchange Initiatives Public Fora •Local authorities •(HABITACT) •Ministries Forum FEANTSA Thematic Fora Knowledge Forum •Health •Research Observatory •Housing Rights •Data Collection •Employment
  • Transnational Exchange Initiatives European Network of Homeless Health Workers (ENHW) Housing Rights Watch HABITACT Informal Ministries Forum Employability and Homelessness Forum
  •  Set up shortly after the 2006 conference devoted to health. Virtual network of about 350 contacts across Europe, mainly health professionals working with homeless people. LinkedIn Group Newsletter three/four times a year :1. Exchange and mutual learning,2. Information about available resources and relevant events.
  •  Launched in November 2008 Links together interdisciplinary groups of voluntary organisations, lawyers and academics from different countries, who are committed to promoting the right to housing for all. Amongst other, aims at: sharing information on relevant legislation and case-law at different levels, monitoring the development of the housing situation from a rights-based perspective, and supporting change in national and European public policies with the aim of better implementing of the right to housing. Currently composed of 15 national correspondents, most of them members of Housing Rights Expert group. Received funding for 2010 – a person will start part-time in March. Conference on the right to housing in Barcelona in May 2010.
  • HABITACT European exchange forum on local homeless strategies 8 founding cities: Amsterdam, Athens, Esch-sur-Alzette, Dublin, Ghent, Madrid, Odense, Vitoria-Gasteiz 12 partner cities 5 project streams: policy exchange, communications, project development, partnership development, promotion
  • HABITACT Policy exchange:  Peer Reviews  Policy Bank Communications:  e-bulletin  Website www.habitact.eu Project development:  Research proposal on local welfare systems and homelessness under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission  Life Long Learning Partnership development:  Extending network  Funding opportunities Promotion
  • European Observatory on Homelessness The European Observatory on Homelessness (EOH), set up by FEANTSA, carries out transnational research on homelessness and housing exclusion. Policy-focused and academic research are an integral part of FEANTSA’s work, a good understanding of homelessness and critical appraisal of homelessness services are key to developing effective homelessness strategies, preventing homelessness and promoting good practice in homelessness services. FEANTSA’s statutory bodies decide on the research strategy, the annual research programmes, and the research themes. Recent work by the EOH has included: • a review on the state of knowledge on homelessness to inform the 2010 Consensus Conference on Homelessness, • the 2011 exploration of barriers to social housing for homeless people in the EU and • a 2012 study exploring the enumeration of homelessness in the 2011 censuses conducted across the EU Once a year, the EOH organises a European Research Conference. The EOH produces two issues of the European Journal of Homelessness and one Comparative Study per year.
  • FEANTSA History September 1985 – 12 countries participated in the first European Seminar on Poverty and Homlessness – Cork, Ireland.  The seminar ended with a resolution titled Homelessness in the European Community.  8 main recommendations including European funding for an association of organisations working with homeless people in the member states April 1989 – FEANTSA legally recognised
  • Annual Themes 1997 – Services for Homeless People 1998 – Support and Housing in Europe 1999 – Women and Homelessness in Europe 2001 – Access to Housing 2002 – Immigration and Homelessness in Europe 2003 – Co-operation and Networking to fight Homelessness 2004 – Prevention of Homelessness
  • Annual Themes Cont’d 2005 – Social Emergency and Crisis Intervention in large European Cities 2006 – Health and Homelessness 2007 – Employment and Homelessness 2008 – Housing and Homelessness 2009 – Participation and Homelessness 2010 – European Consensus Conference on Homelessness 2011 – Quality in Social Services from the Perspective of Services Working with Homeless People
  • Funding FEANTSA receives partial funding from the European Commission The rest of the funding is made up of membership fees, conference fees and grants
  • Communication ToolsFEANTSA website• Public section• Members’ only section• Observatory SitePublications• Homeless in Europe Magazine• Flash Newsletter• LINK (internal members’ newsletter)Social Media http://www.facebook.com/FEANTSA http://www.twitter.com/feantsa http://www.linkedin.com/company/feantsa http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCduBLTqCvXo_sgbLvq37wyQ
  • More Information information@feantsa.org +32(0)2 538 66 69 Chaussé e de Louvain 194, 1210 Brussels, Belgium