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Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness
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Prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness

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Presentation given by Samara Jones, FEANTSA Policy Officer, summing up the 2004 FEANTSA European Report on Homelessness Prevention at a FEANTSA conference on Prevention, 2004

Presentation given by Samara Jones, FEANTSA Policy Officer, summing up the 2004 FEANTSA European Report on Homelessness Prevention at a FEANTSA conference on Prevention, 2004

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  • 1. FEANTSA European Conference Budapest 2004European Conference on 7 October
  • 2. Why prevention? Interest from FEANTSA member organisations Interesting work in some countries prompts idea of a European survey EU Common Objective to prevent social exclusion and homelessness Clear link to 2003 theme of cooperation and networkingEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 3. Approaching PreventionStep 1: Member Input Questionnaire – Concept of prevention – Approaches, policies, legislation – Examples of practice National Reports – High quality – Key FEANTSA resource – Available on websiteEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 4. Approaching PreventionStep 2: Synthesis by FEANTSA office Compiling of compendium of examples – Common format – Available on website – Dynamic – easy to update European report – Synthesis: description and analysis European Conference – Workshops for exchange and debateEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 5. Findings of European ReportConcept of prevention Absence of shared, defined concept of prevention Complicated by changing pathways into homelessness Lack of research Difficult for NGOs and governments to define preventionEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 6. Findings of European ReportPrevention at different levels Prevention aimed at underlying causes of homelessness Prevention aimed at groups identified as being at risk Prevention aimed at pre-empting personal crises Early intervention and assessment of risk factors are crucialEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 7. Findings of European ReportMonitoring and evaluation How can you measure something that has not happened? Example from the UK: prevention aimed at wide range of people – Leaving home education for young people – Good quality housing supportEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 8. Findings of European ReportGovernmental approaches to prevention Debate between strategic vs general approaches General: – Well structured, comprehensive, holistic social security system – prevention is inherent – For example: Denmark, France, Sweden, Spain Strategic: – Extra level of coordination deemed necessary – Development of strategies and policies that aim specifically to prevent homelessness – For example: Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, UKEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 9. Findings of European ReportFEANTSA Member experience National reports reflect NGO experience For most member organisations, prevention is a new topic Some countries (UK, Netherlands, Ireland, Finland) have more experienceEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 10. Findings of European ReportExisting strategies, policies, legislation Few countries have specific legislation Where legislation and policies exist, measurement and assessment is difficultEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 11. Findings of European ReportMethods and approaches European report includes a variety of methods - from prevention aimed at wider groups to prevention aimed at specific risk factors Education – Leaving home education for all young people, e.g. UK – Specific programmes for young people at risk, e.g. ItalyEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 12. Findings of European ReportMethods and approaches Evictions – Most Member States have legislation or policies in place – Many FEANTSA members involved – To be explored in Workshop 1 in the afternoon sessionEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 13. Findings of European ReportMethods and approaches Policies and legislation domestic violence – For an EU-wide picture, a more comprehensive survey of FEANTSA members is necessary on this topic – Appears to be a trend in some countries to pass legislation to allow the victim to stay in the home and force the abuser to leave – Networking of services is essential: e.g. in Belgium social welfare services work with police and the justice systemEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 14. Findings of European ReportMethods and approaches Information and advice – Exist in all Member States – In a variety of forms, locations, topics, etc. • Housing advice • Debt counselling • Family mediation services – Difficult to assess effectiveness – Examples included in compendiumEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 15. Findings of European ReportMethods and approaches Pre-release from institutions – Clear to identify people at risk of becoming homeless – Involves training of institution staff – Necessary to have and build networks outside institutions and work with non-traditional partners including health care workers, justice system and prison services – Examples included in compendium: • Ex-prisoners • People leaving hospitals and mental health care facilities • Young people leaving careEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 16. Findings of European ReportConclusions Assessment and evaluation – In most Member States it is too early to tell if existing measures are effective – Difficult to measure something that has not happened – There is perhaps a need to change the way that organisations and services think; most now focus on addressing immediate needs of homeless people as well as integration, but do not have time or resources to work on preventionEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 17. Findings of European ReportConclusions Perceived elements of effective prevention strategies: – Improved networking with non-traditional partners is essential – Need to understand roles played by different sectors including education, employment, housing, etc. – Improved understanding of changing causes of homelessness – Early intervention – Identification of risk factors – LegislationEuropean Conference on 7 October
  • 18. Findings of European ReportConclusions Investment in prevention – Prevention is a long term solution which requires resources – Research into causes and pathways into homelessness is crucial to understand how to prevent it – Logical for governments to invest, because in the long run prevention is cheaper than providing services for homeless peopleEuropean Conference on 7 October

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