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Presentation of FEANTSA’s toolkit for effective homelessness strategies
 

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Presentation given by Freek Spinnewijn, FEANTSA Director, at a FEANTSA seminar on "Cooperation & networking to address homelessness: What are key partners for national/regional authorities and how ...

Presentation given by Freek Spinnewijn, FEANTSA Director, at a FEANTSA seminar on "Cooperation & networking to address homelessness: What are key partners for national/regional authorities and how should they be involved?", co-hosted by the Norwegian Housing Bank and FEANTSA, June 2007

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    Presentation of FEANTSA’s toolkit for effective homelessness strategies Presentation of FEANTSA’s toolkit for effective homelessness strategies Presentation Transcript

    • TOOLKIT ForEFFECTIVE HOMELESS STRATEGIES European Seminar Husbanken & FEANTSA 18-19 June 2007 – Oslo Contribution FEANTSA
    • FEANTSAWho we are? Members OfficeWhat we do? Exchanges Research LobbyingNorwaywww.feantsa.org
    • Effective homeless strategies 10 dimensionsEvidence-basedComprehensiveMulti-dimensionalRights-basedParticipatoryStatutorySustainableNeeds-basedPragmaticBottom-up
    • Effective homeless strategies Evidence-basedToo often policies are based on assumptions and beliefsBetter understanding necessary Profile Causes Impact of policiesHow? Research Data collection Policy evaluationExamples UK, Norway, …
    • Effective homeless policies ComprehensiveToo often focus on emergency3 areas Emergency Integration PreventionHow? “Housing first” Stepping stone model ETHOS !Examples Norway Ireland “Ending homelessness”
    • Effective homeless policies Multi-dimensionalToo often homelessness is considered as a socialwelfare problemDifferent policy areas Housing Health Social welfare Justice …How? Interagency working Interdepartemental working Leading Ministry!!
    • Effective homelessness policies Rights-based approachToo often homelessness is addressed in acaritative and/or conditional wayIntrodce the enforceable right to housing What is this? International case-law Pragmatic aproachReal challenge for policy-makers andNGOsFrance, Scotland, Finland,…
    • Effective homeless policies Participatory approachToo often key stakeholders are not involved inpolicy design, evaluation, and implementationWho? Local authorities Service providers Service users Without becoming tokenistic!Participation ≠ only responsibility See some new MSExamples Belgium – service users
    • Effective policies Statutory basisToo often homeless policies are dependenton the right political contextWhat? Statutory basis at national &/or regional level Statutory objectivesExamples Objectives – Ireland, Scotland, … --- Norway – mutual learning, incentives!!
    • Effective policies SustainableToo often homeless policies are developedin an unsustainable contextWhat? Budget Political commitent Public support Different traditionsEx Denmark
    • Effective policies Needs-basedToo often policy-makers and serviceproviders decide wha is good forhomeless peopleNeeds should the basis of good policies Individual Capacities --- see quality of life Regular revisionExample Denmark
    • Effective policies Pragamtic approachToo often homeless policies are too ambitiousWhat? Realistic objectives Realistic time frame Ex EU – Lisbon strategy Prioritisations Worst off or most easily intergrateble?!Examples Scotland 2012
    • Effectve homeless policies Bottom upTo often policies are too much based on aone-fits-all modelResponses should be developed for thelocal levelImportance of local authorities But need for a supra-local policy frameworkExamples Netherlands, France, Scotland…
    • Effective policiesIndicators of good performanceSize of the countrySize of the homeless populationBudgettary meansTraditionsUnderstanding of the concept
    • Effective homeless policies Who performs best?????Mutual learning
    • Thank you for your attention