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The ‘Back From The Streets’ Project- An Alternative Housing Led Approach in Hungary

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A presentation given by Andrea Szabó, HU at a FEANTSA Research Conference on "Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe", York, September 2012

A presentation given by Andrea Szabó, HU at a FEANTSA Research Conference on "Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe", York, September 2012


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  • 1. The ‘Back From The Streets’ ProjectAn alternative housing led approach in Hungary Andrea Szabó Public Foundation for the Homeless Hungary European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 2. Program context From 2010 strong political pressure to reduce rough sleeping (mainly at visible places, city centres, public areas) New local and national law on the use of public places, new approach of (visible) homelessness by the police and local authorities Strong need of service providers for recourses to finance reasonable and professional social work tools New programs to help rough sleepers into appropriate accommodation European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 3. Program context: Activities of the Public Foundation for the Homeless State - NGO role Public Foundation Agency role for the Homeless Development of Service the homeless- providing for service system homeless people in Hungary Research, comm FoundationFOGLAK Project unication, suppo Office – Fund Office rt for service allocation, providers tendering European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 4. Development of the homeless- service system in Hungary • Pilot project co-founded by the state and the EU 2008-2012. FOGLAK Project • Development of new approaches and social work tools promoting social Office inclusion and mainstream employment of homeless people • Awareness raising campaigns, eventsResearch, communicati • National conference on homelessnesson, support for service providers • Meetings and formal consultations between relevant national or local political actors and the service providers • Allocation of governmental recourses dedicated to develop the Fund allocation, service system for homeless people in the annual national budget tendering • Planning of the new calls considering the policy development directions, the implementation and adaptation of new approaches European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 5. Program background Late 2010:  Remaining found from a closed program financed by the Ministry of Human Recources, coordinated by the Public Foundation  First consultations with the ministry to use the resource for the new issue (visible rough sleeping) Early 2011:  Designing the call, developing the terms and conditions  Promoting the new program for the service providers (the applicants) From March to November 2011  Dealing with administrative issues  Dealing with reduced found December 2011 call for proposals April 2012 final grant agreements March – May 2012 start of supported programs December 2012 – January 2013 closure of supported programs European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 6. Program details The found  Source: National budget, Ministry of Human Resources  Amount: 104 million HUF ≈ 371,428 € Supported programs  18 programs: 7 in Budapest, 10 Cities in countryside Target group  Pimary target group: 209 chronic rough sleepers (109 living in cities in countryside, 100 living in Budapest)  Secondary target group: 61 homeless people living in shelters (19 living in Cities in countryside, 42 living in Budapest) European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 7. Program details: locations Cityies in countryside: Szombathely, Mosonmagyaróvár, Veszprém, Székesfehérvár, Tatabánya, Kecskemét, Szolnok, Kazincbarcika, Debrecen, Nyíregyháza Budapest European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 8. Participants pathways Home NO SHELTER Long term care (nursing home, or psychiatric care)Chronic Rough sleeping Home PRIMARY TARGET One-night or temporary GROUP shelter Long term care (nursing home, or psychiatric care) Providing free beds in one- night shelter or temporary shelter – help to move on for participants in shelters Home SECONDARY TARGET GROUP Long term care (nursing home, or psychiatric care) New easy access shelter for chronic rough sleepers European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 9. WHY IS THE EVALUATIONNECESSARY? European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 10. regular self- contained dwelling with X regular dwelling with rent contract (time-limited) occupation agree- X shared housing, ment based on “training dwell- special conditions Original figure from ings”, etc. Dr. Volker Busch-Geertsema reception stage homelessness regular self- contained dwelling with Temporary shelter rent contract (service fee, strict rules, better living One-night Shelter conditions) (more rules, limited tolerance flexible individual Easy access of alcohol, free support in housing services (crisis service) Street work shelters, few order, free service,Long term rough tolerance ofsleeping alcohol etc.) European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 11. An example: evaluation of a previous housing led program Program aim: promoting social inclusion and mainstream employment of homeless people Found: co-financed by the EU and the state Target group: homeless people using any service Data collection: specific software designed for the programs The database: 6 Region; 16 City; 23 supported program; 1062 homeless individual; 596 supported participants; 447 successfully completed individual support plan European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 12. Two indicators of programs at the end of the follow up period European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 13. How can these indicators be interpreted? European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 14. How can these indicators be interpreted? European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 15. How can these indicators be interpreted? European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 16. How can these indicators be interpreted? European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 17. Evaluation of programs3rd of February survey  Independent annual survey since 1999  Designed and coordinated by a working group  Target group: homeless people in contact with service providers (street work, shelters, temporary accommodations)  Location: 1999-2005 Budapest, 2006-2011 larger cities of Hungary also, 2012 smaller towns of Hungary also  Number of respondents 6,000-8,500 at each last 6 survey, 32,000 individual between 03.02.2006 and 03.02.2012.  The service providers can join to the data collection  The data collection is on the 3rd of February each year  The social workers are offering the questionnaire for the homeless people, and they also help to understand the questions or write down the answers  The questionnaire is anonym and voluntary European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 18. Evaluation of programs3rd of February survey - Data structure  Constant questions every year, and annual focus themes each year – some of them repeatedly asked in a longer period  Each individual has an identical number generated each time at the same method from the monograms and birth date  The long term follow up of each individual respondent is possible including the place of the data collection (eg. on streets, in shelter etc.) European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 19. Evaluation of programs The 3rd of February provides baseline data of each years on the structure and locality of the target group Each individual in the supported ‚Back from the streets’ programs will be searched in the database, and all answered questions can be analysed as an individual history of homelessness Also matching indicator data will be collected on ‚Back from the streets’ participants and compared to the baseline data European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 20. Evaluation of programs Qualitative data collection  Regular meetings with service providers focusing on useful good practises and barriers when access to the private rental or social rental housing is sought for their homeless clients  On site interview both with social workers project leaders, and participants (part of the program- monitoring)  Detailed interview at two selected programs on the impact of the programs European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  • 21. Hajléktalanokért KözalapítványPublic Foundation For The HomelessAndrea Szabószabo.andrea@hajlektalanokert.huhttp://www.hajlekot.hu/+36-20-989-38-61CONTACT European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012