Faith based Solidarity             Marginalised?Homelessness, Faith-Based Organizations and the        National Action Pla...
Content Definition of FBOs Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness FBOs and NGOs National Action Plan for Social Relief...
Definition FBOs in this studyAny organisation that refers directly or    indirectly to religion or religious     values, a...
Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (1)1. Professional services to selected groups in the    homeless population. Within...
Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (2)2.   Services to (marginalised) groups within the homeless     population. Servic...
Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (3)3. Informal care for (almost) homeless people, often   provided ‘in silence’ by r...
Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (4)4. Activate volunteering by members faith communities and    others       Example...
Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (5)5. Political advocacy             Example: Paulus Church        European Research...
European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN            ...
What distinghuishes FBOs from           NGOs (1)   Less demanding towards service users, less ‘last    chance’ policies ...
What distinghuishes FBOs from           NGOs (2)    European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010   UNDERSTA...
National action Plan for Social Relief (1)   Time span: 7 years (2006 – 2012)   Expenses: yearly 175 million   Results ...
Discussion: marginalisation FBOs?               (1)   Effects of The Plan on FBOs depend strongly on    the functions the...
Discussion: marginalisation FBOs?               (2)   No evidence that The Plan will make FBOs    redundant:       Tradi...
Questions? European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ...
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Faith-based Solidarity, Marginalised? Homelessness, Faith-Based Organizations and the National Action Plan for Social Relief in the Netherlands

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Presentation given by Maarten Davelaar & Jessica van den Toorn, Verwey-Jonker Institute, Netherlands at a FEANTSA Research Conference on "Understanding Homelessness and Housing Exclusion in the New European Context", Budapest, Hungary, 2010

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    1. 1. Faith based Solidarity Marginalised?Homelessness, Faith-Based Organizations and the National Action Plan for Social Relief in the Netherlands Maarten Davelaar & Jessica van den Toorn Verwey-Jonker Institute, Netherlands European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN THE ENHR NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    2. 2. Content Definition of FBOs Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness FBOs and NGOs National Action Plan for Social Relief Discussion: marginalisation of role FBOs? European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    3. 3. Definition FBOs in this studyAny organisation that refers directly or indirectly to religion or religious values, and that functions as a welfare provider and/or a political actor for the homeless European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    4. 4. Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (1)1. Professional services to selected groups in the homeless population. Within the framework of the welfare state, largely funded by public authorities, strictly regulated Example: Salvation Army European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    5. 5. Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (2)2. Services to (marginalised) groups within the homeless population. Services the state cannot or does not want to take care for. Private financial means, volunteeringExample: Ecumenical communitarian community Oudezijds 100 European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    6. 6. Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (3)3. Informal care for (almost) homeless people, often provided ‘in silence’ by religious communities, contributing to prevention Example: local churches, The Inner City Project European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    7. 7. Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (4)4. Activate volunteering by members faith communities and others Example: Rainbow Foundation Amsterdam European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    8. 8. Role of FBOs in fighting homelessness (5)5. Political advocacy Example: Paulus Church European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    9. 9. European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    10. 10. What distinghuishes FBOs from NGOs (1) Less demanding towards service users, less ‘last chance’ policies Offering ‘meaning-giving’, spiritual element, community feeling More volunteers involved, volunteers stay longer Stronger ideological background ► claiming independence More mixed funding ► freedom to act Moral duty to do good to ‘the least’ (Matthew 25) ► concentrating on most marginalised groups European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    11. 11. What distinghuishes FBOs from NGOs (2) European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    12. 12. National action Plan for Social Relief (1) Time span: 7 years (2006 – 2012) Expenses: yearly 175 million Results (2006-2010): 9.800 homeless people of the streets National Plan & ‘City compasses’: Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam en UtrechtCentral pillars: Local authorities in charge Central point of entrance for client Individual treatment ► tailored programmes, personal client managers 100 % seamless co-operation between all parties and agencies involved European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    13. 13. Discussion: marginalisation FBOs? (1) Effects of The Plan on FBOs depend strongly on the functions they fulfil in the local social system Pressure to choose between providing state- regulated, fully subsidised services or working with volunteers and private funds  cleavage between niche-players and key-actors  funding behind the scenes (small public-private budgets) to take care of ‘special cases’ European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    14. 14. Discussion: marginalisation FBOs? (2) No evidence that The Plan will make FBOs redundant:  Tradition  Good track record  Budget reasons  Support in society ► volunteering / additional funds  “They’ll keep doing their work anyway” Growing tensions in state – religion relations in general ► Pressure to ‘hide’ the peculiarity of the faith-based identity, European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010 UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT
    15. 15. Questions? European Research Conference, Budapest, 17th September 2010UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING EXCLUSION IN ENHR THE NEW EUROPEAN CONTEXT

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