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Tackling Street Homelessness: The Main Challenges

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Presentation given by Giacomo Invernizzi, Nuovo Albergo Popolare, Italy at a FEANTSA seminar on "Strategies to end homelessness: Elements of conflict and cooperation at local level", hosted by the …

Presentation given by Giacomo Invernizzi, Nuovo Albergo Popolare, Italy at a FEANTSA seminar on "Strategies to end homelessness: Elements of conflict and cooperation at local level", hosted by the Committee of the Regions, June 2008

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  • 1. TACKLING STREET HOMELESNESS:THE MAIN CHALLENGES Giacomo Invernizzi director Nuovo Albergo Popolare Bergamo - Member of fio.PSD -
  • 2. CITY OF BERGAMO – SOME DATA• City’s inhabitants: 120.000• Province’s inhabitants: (around) 1.000.000 (seventh on 104 provinces in Italy)• Unemployed rate (around) 1%• 80% of rough sleepers belongs to this geographical area EVERY YEAR• 200 – 250 people = “new” street homeless coming from the city• 300 – 350 people = “new” street homeless coming from the province• All these numbers without illegal immigrant people
  • 3. HOW TO SOLVE STREET HOMELESSNESS?1. Hide the phenomeno (using services ad hoc)2. Charitable aid3. Re-access to citizenships (rights)
  • 4. STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVED TOTACKLE STREET HOMELESSNESSa. People in needs (rough sleepers)b. “Common” people (citizens)c. Policy makersd. No profit sector, volunteers sector and public sectors promoting actions and services to social excluded people
  • 5. WHOSE RESPONSABILITIES TO “COMMON” APPROACH?a. Policy makersb. No profit sector, volunteers sector and public sectors promoting actions and services to social excluded people
  • 6. WHICH ARE THE MAIN RESPONSABILITIES OF NO PROFIT/VOLUNTEERS SECTOR?a. Absence of true and scientific knowledge about street homelessnessb. Not (enough) professional people in the “no profit” service providers (volunteers people are the majority)
  • 7. WHICH ARE THE MAIN RESPONSABILITIES OF POLICY MAKERS?a. Total delegation to charity (voluntary) sector and no profit sector (social cooperatives, associations, etc.)b. Saving public money as much as possible (no investments to tackle street homelessness)
  • 8. KEY POINTS TO TAKLE STREET HOMELESSNESS AT LOCAL LEVEL1. “citizenships rights first”2. Recognize that adult people can be “frail” and need specific social support
  • 9. KEY POINTS (2)3. governance of local action plan means, as a priority, an empowerment process to improve: - quality of service providers - effective and strategic networking4. need of local strategy action plan
  • 10. KEY POINTS (3)5. Targeted services to street homelessness - emergency services - support services6. Need of strong network between targeted services and SSGI7. Invest to tackle street homelessness means a (totally) reorganization /redesign of the structure of social services
  • 11. Thank youMore informationwww.fiopsd.org www.nap.bg.it

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