HomelessnessThe added value of transnationalcooperation for local authorities
EU context   EU social inclusion strategy 2000-2005       Homelessness            2000: homelessness as a common object...
EU Context   EPSCO Council priorities       the prevention of child poverty;       supporting the caring capacity of fa...
EU Context   Streamlined strategy for social inclusion and social protection (2006    – 2010)        Aim             A ...
FEANTSA   Who?       Only European organisation exclusively working on        issue of homelessness       Voluntary sec...
FEANTSA’s role in EU   EU Strategy Social Inclusion 2000-2005       Process focused            Awareness raising       ...
Local authorities   Key players in fight against homelessness        Following decentralisation of responsibilities     ...
Role of Local Authorities in EU   Organisations of local authorities in the EU        for lobbying purposes rather than ...
Transnational exchanges   Why does it work?       Demand for information            Homelessness strategies are being d...
Forum: origin   Why?       Focus on mutual learning            Expertise and knowledge present amongst many different  ...
Forum: Structure                  Public Forum                 •Local authorities                    •Ministries          ...
Forum: activities   Mutual learning about homelessness       Means:            Conferences            Seminars        ...
Forum: role of FEANTSA   Promote and facilitate and coordinate mutual learning and    involvement in EU   Why FEANTSA?  ...
Local authorities’ Forum                  Who? Champions of homelessness EU member states        (+EFTA and Accession S...
Local authorities’ Forum                  How?   Gradual enlargement   FEANTSA as (initial) driving force        Promot...
Local authorities’ Forum                       What?   Mutual learning       Content            Themes of common concer...
Local authorities’ Forum                      Costs?   Costs       Depends on activities        Effective coordination ...
Conclusion   Local authorities should be involved in    transnational cooperation on homelessness       EU context is ri...
   Thank you for listening
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Presentation of a European Forum to combat homelessness and what FEANTSA can offer local authorities

  1. 1. HomelessnessThe added value of transnationalcooperation for local authorities
  2. 2. EU context EU social inclusion strategy 2000-2005  Homelessness  2000: homelessness as a common objective  2005: homelessness as a key priority for EPSCO Council  Local authorities  2000: mobilising local authorities in their areas of competence is common objective  2005: call for integrated and coordinated strategies at local level in Joint Social Inclusion Report  2005: call for stronger involvement of local authorities by EPSCO Council (Other EU strategies)  Health  Sustainable development  Regional policy  …
  3. 3. EU Context EPSCO Council priorities  the prevention of child poverty;  supporting the caring capacity of families;  promoting the equality of men and women and reconciling work and family life;  the improvement of social services;  the development of new approaches to the integration of ethnic minorities and immigrants  Treatment of the phenomenon of homelessness
  4. 4. EU Context Streamlined strategy for social inclusion and social protection (2006 – 2010)  Aim  A decisive impact on the eradication of poverty and social exclusion  Challenge  Bridging the gap between objective setting and policy implementation  Focus  Extreme forms of poverty  Targeted  Means  Mutual learning (*)  Knowledge  Expertise  Common challenges (°)  Priority setting  Involvement of stakeholders  Experts (*)  Lobbyists (°)
  5. 5. FEANTSA Who?  Only European organisation exclusively working on issue of homelessness  Voluntary sector What we do?  Mutual learning>  Transnational exchanges  Research  Lobbying  Impact assessment EU policies >  Influencing EU policies  Facilitating rather than leading
  6. 6. FEANTSA’s role in EU EU Strategy Social Inclusion 2000-2005  Process focused  Awareness raising  Increasing involvement of NGOs  NAPs focused  Joint Report  Peer reviews  … Streamlined Strategy 2006 - …  Content focused  Homelessness (EPSCO Council priorities)  Stakeholder focused  Common priorities of all actors involved in the fight against homelessness
  7. 7. Local authorities Key players in fight against homelessness  Following decentralisation of responsibilities  Effective  Funding and policy framework  Not effective with limited/no funding  No/limited funding and/or no policy framework  Local level most effective level for  Mapping of homelessness  Implementation of homelessness policies  Evaluation of impact of homelessness policies New roles of local authorities  Financers of fight against homelessness  Subcontracting/ Tendering  Innovators of homelessness policies  Defenders of the cause of homelessness
  8. 8. Role of Local Authorities in EU Organisations of local authorities in the EU  for lobbying purposes rather than transnational exchanges  Often initiated by politicians  Organised on the basis of key features of local authority rather than thematic interest  Big – small  Urban – rural  Industrial – tourist Opportunities for local authorities in OMC  Mutual learning rather than lobbying  Civil service  Organise experts around themes  Focused  Social inclusion  Demand for stronger involvement of local authorities  EPSCO priorities (homelessness)
  9. 9. Transnational exchanges Why does it work?  Demand for information  Homelessness strategies are being developed, revised, …  New / changing responsibilities amongst actors  Rapid changes in the profile of homelessness  Complexity of homelessness  Supply of information  Similar trends – different policy approaches  Successful policies addressing (aspects of) homelessness exists across Europe Why is it supported by the EU?  Learning potential is very high  Balanced mutual learning  No teacher – pupil relation  Direct impact of learning on policy development  Recognition of knowledge and expertise as basis for effective homelessness policies  Importance of ideology ↓
  10. 10. Forum: origin Why?  Focus on mutual learning  Expertise and knowledge present amongst many different actors  Homeless NGOs; policy makers; Researchers; …  Focus on delivery  Many different actors are involved in the prevention and reduction of homelessness  NGOs; policy makers; housing associations; health institutions; … FEANTSA wants to maximise the impact of its work by involving all relevant stakeholders in the European Forum Against Homelessness
  11. 11. Forum: Structure Public Forum •Local authorities •Ministries FEANTSAThematic Forum Knowledge Forum •Health •Research •Housing •Stats •Employment
  12. 12. Forum: activities Mutual learning about homelessness  Means:  Conferences  Seminars  Electronic exchanges  …  Content  Issues of common concern for the different Fora Increase involvement in EU policy-making  Maximise positive impact/minimize negative impact of EU policies on the reduction of homelessness and housing exclusion  How?  Capacity building seminars  Analysis of EU policies  …
  13. 13. Forum: role of FEANTSA Promote and facilitate and coordinate mutual learning and involvement in EU Why FEANTSA?  Substantial experience with transnational work in homelessness  Large amount of information already available  Research  Transnational exchanges  Stable structure in place  Office  Expert groups…  Tools available  Website  Contacts  (Funding)…  Involvement of other stakeholders is priority
  14. 14. Local authorities’ Forum Who? Champions of homelessness EU member states  (+EFTA and Accession States) Representativeness  Geographical coverage  Small and large Civil service Experts on homelessness and/or related areas Leading group  Min 10 cities
  15. 15. Local authorities’ Forum How? Gradual enlargement FEANTSA as (initial) driving force  Promotion  Proposal (2006)  for structure  for content Development through events  Seminar Brussels May 2006  Seminar London February 2007  FEANTSA events (Wroclaw; Zaragoza,…)  … Develop Local Authorities Forum before developing links with other Fora
  16. 16. Local authorities’ Forum What? Mutual learning  Content  Themes of common concern  e.g. decentralisation, use of public space,…  Means  Peer review  Staff exchanges  News/information bulletin … Involvement in EU  Content  Analysis of impact of EU policies (relevant to local authorities)  e.g. Public procurement, funding possibilities,…  Means  Publications  Study visits to EU institutions …
  17. 17. Local authorities’ Forum Costs? Costs  Depends on activities  Effective coordination requires staff resources  Initial phase – limited costs  Minimum 100.000€ Funding  Fees for involvement in Forum  Subscription  Conference fees …  EU funding - is unlikely!!  Structural Funds? (Interreg)  Other sources?
  18. 18. Conclusion Local authorities should be involved in transnational cooperation on homelessness  EU context is right  Commitment of FEANTSA  Interest from local authorities  Transnational cooperation works Interested to be involved contact  Liz.Gosme@feantsa.org Freek.Spinnewijn@feantsa.org
  19. 19.  Thank you for listening

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