Homelessness: KeyOpportunities in the Current EU         Framework           Ruth Owen     Ruth.owen@feantsa.org
Overview   EU framework     Cohesion Policy (ERDF and ESF)     Social innovation and experimentation     Some key acti...
Cohesion Policy   Current period: 2007-2013   Forthcoming period: 2014 - 2020
Cohesion Policy 2007 – 2013                 ERDF   Since May 2010 possible for each MS to use up to 3% of ERDF    funding...
Cohesion Policy 2007 – 2013                   ESF   In the Members States       Priorities defined by Operational Progra...
Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020   Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 legislative package       Commission proposals published, now go...
ESF 2014 - 2020   Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty       one of four thematic objectives to be targeted ...
ERDF 2014 - 2020   Promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty,    including :       “investing in health and so...
Social Innovation and                   experimentation   High on the political agenda       “The crisis has only confir...
Tools to support social innovation          and experimentation   EUPSCI:       new financial instrument managed directl...
Some key areas for social    innovation and experimentation   The cost-effectiveness of housing-led    approaches   The ...
Tools to support social innovation       and experimentation ctnd   Horizon 2020   ESF   ERDF   Social business initia...
PROGRESS 2012   European Quality Framework for Social Services    (Sectoral)       Call in 2012   European Institute of...
Some Key FEANTSA activities   Ongoing informal ministries forum   Study visits in framework of French    homelessness  ...
For Your Diaries…   Local authorities seminar “Funding    strategies: Building the case for    homelessness”    Friday 8 ...
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Key Opportunities for Homeless Policymakers in the Current EU Framework

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Presentation given by Ruth Owen, FEANTSA at the FEANTSA/French Permanent Representation to the EU seminar, 'Housing First: A Key Element of European Homelessness Strategies', 23rd March 2012.

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Key Opportunities for Homeless Policymakers in the Current EU Framework

  1. 1. Homelessness: KeyOpportunities in the Current EU Framework Ruth Owen Ruth.owen@feantsa.org
  2. 2. Overview EU framework  Cohesion Policy (ERDF and ESF)  Social innovation and experimentation  Some key activities under PROGRESS 2012 FEANTSA activities
  3. 3. Cohesion Policy Current period: 2007-2013 Forthcoming period: 2014 - 2020
  4. 4. Cohesion Policy 2007 – 2013 ERDF Since May 2010 possible for each MS to use up to 3% of ERDF funding for housing interventions for marginalised communities:  renovation of common parts of buildings in multiple occupancy  renovation or changing building owned by public authorities or NGOs into housing for marginalised groups  renovation and replacement of existing housing.  Potentially allows for renovation of shelters and transformation of other buildings into shelters, but also transformation of shelters into supported housing Re-allocation of unspent money within Operational Programmes Most MS underspend but technically difficult to reallocate in short time frame Number of examples where this has been taken up – so far little focus on homelessness NB: the managing authorities received training on this from DG Regio, 21 March 2012 Time is running out….!
  5. 5. Cohesion Policy 2007 – 2013 ESF In the Members States  Priorities defined by Operational Programmes  Access to employment and social inclusion = priority area Transnationality  Support for transnational cooperation in all policy areas identified for ESF interventions  Including social inclusion of disadvantaged people and combating discrimination in the labour market,  Learning networks  Networks of ESF Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies  Focus on specific thematic and governance issues are now up and running (co-financed by ESF Technical Assistance)  Call in 2012
  6. 6. Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020 Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 legislative package  Commission proposals published, now going through legislative procedure  alignment with the new long-term objectives of the EU2020 strategy to promote jobs and growth  including poverty target (at least 20 million) By 2013 Partnership Contracts to be agreed between MS and EC  assess development needs  define national priorities supporting delivery on the Europe 2020 strategy  combine ERDF and the ESF in "multi-fund" programmes  targets that the Member States plan to reach by the end of the programming period  implementing agencies  performance indicators  opportunity to integrate homelessness in this framework
  7. 7. ESF 2014 - 2020 Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty  one of four thematic objectives to be targeted by the ESF.  at least 20 % of the ESF allocation should be dedicated to this thematic objective, hence reinforcing the social dimension. This objective can be reached through a range of actions, including  active inclusion  enhancing access to affordable, sustainable and high-quality services, including health care and social services of general interest  integration of marginalised communities Move away from the current predominant focus on employment. More space for homelessness
  8. 8. ERDF 2014 - 2020 Promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty, including :  “investing in health and social infrastructure which contribute to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status and transition from institutional to community-based services”.  shift from homeless shelters (institutional) as the predominant response to homelessness towards supported housing (community based)?? Focus on sustainable urban development in the framework of EU cohesion policy  at least 5% of the ERDF resources allocated for strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas. Scope for infrastructure/housing element of homelessness strategies to be supported.
  9. 9. Social Innovation and experimentation High on the political agenda  “The crisis has only confirmed the necessity for change in the way we approach our social and economic challenges. Innovation in its broadest sense must be part of our response to todays challenges” (José Manuel Durã Barroso, President of the o European Commission, Brussels, 17 March 2011)  European Platform Against Poverty  “design and implement programmes to promote social innovation for the most vulnerable”.  promote evidence-based social innovation, including social experimentation  Innovation Union Flagship
  10. 10. Tools to support social innovation and experimentation EUPSCI:  new financial instrument managed directly by the Commission  combines PROGRESS, EURES and Microfinance Facility  aim:  to promote social change and innovation  support policy coordination, sharing of best practices, and capacity- building  test and evaluate innovative policies (social experimentation)  EUR 97 million (17% of PROGRESS is to be allocated to experimental projects)  support from the ESF for scaling up Opportunities for homelessness e.g.  “Housing First Europe” (2010)  2011 call – projects submitted on homelessness  Lots of potential in relation to housing-led and Housing First
  11. 11. Some key areas for social innovation and experimentation The cost-effectiveness of housing-led approaches The effectiveness of different forms and combinations of housing and social support; Prevention of homelessness; Sourcing housing  the removal of barriers to social housing  increasing the capacity of the private rental sector to house homeless people  Transformation of hostels
  12. 12. Tools to support social innovation and experimentation ctnd Horizon 2020 ESF ERDF Social business initiative Useful resources:  DG Employment Methodological Guide  DG Employment Examples of social innovation in MS
  13. 13. PROGRESS 2012 European Quality Framework for Social Services (Sectoral)  Call in 2012 European Institute of Public Administrations (EIPA)  Large-scale training programme on social inclusion commissioned by DG Employment Peer Review programme  Could be a focus on homelessness (selection of hosts and peers happens through SPC) Call for tender for an academic network to enhance capacity for Social Experimentation 10 Social Experimentation projects to be funded under the 2012 call (probably 5 this year)
  14. 14. Some Key FEANTSA activities Ongoing informal ministries forum Study visits in framework of French homelessness EOH study in framework of French homelessness strategy on different support models in context of Housing First services New European report on application of Housing First in EU contexts
  15. 15. For Your Diaries… Local authorities seminar “Funding strategies: Building the case for homelessness” Friday 8 June 2012, Brussels

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