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July 2016

Dear FEANTSA Flash reader,
 
Welcome to the latest edition of the FEANTSA Flash. We hope you find it an informative and interesting read. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have a story you would like to see included in the next edition.

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Emma Nolan, FEANTSA Communications & Information Officer.

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FEANTSA News

BCR Magazine interviews FEANTSA's Samara Jones
In her interview with the Italian BCR Magazine, Samara Jones discussed the topics of how the criminalisation of homelessness constitutes a breach of human rights and the forms that this criminalisation can take across Europe. To read the interview in full, click here (in Italian).
 
Written declaration on an EU homelessness strategy
The Written Declaration on an EU homelessness strategy reached its lapse date on the 27th of July, and sadly did not pass the threshold of 376 MEP's signatures needed for it to be considered by the European Commission. Despite this, the declaration received a comparatively high number of signatures with 310 MEPs signing, and it has undoubtedly raised the profile of homelessness in the European Parliament, paving the way for MEPs to take possible future steps on the issue of homelessness. We thank everyone who contacted their MEP to encourage them to sign.
 
European Journal of Homelessness
Volume 10, No. 1 of the European Journal of Homelessness has now been published and is available in full online here. This edition contains articles on Housing First programmes in Europe, an evaluation of housing and service interventions for homeless families in the USA and a discussion of how to assess the success of homeless services.
 

Europe News

Applications open for 2016 EESC Civil Society Prize - Migrants
Applications are open for the 2016 EESC Civil Society Prize – Migrants. The prize, with a value of €50,000, is awarded annually to a civil organisation or an individual who has been responsible for an achievement or initiative that has greatly aided European integration or promoted a European identity. The deadline for applications is the 9th of September, with the prize itself being awarded on the 15th December. Both individuals and civil society organisations officially registered with the EU may apply. For more information, click here.

Social Rights Pillar
The European Commission is running a public consultation on its preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights – an initiative that essentially aims to provide a social policy to accompany a deeper economic and monetary union. A relatively strong mention has been made of social housing and access to shelter, and FEANTSA warmly welcomes this. In particular the following stipulations are important: “access to social housing or housing assistance shall be provided for those in need. Protection against eviction of vulnerable people shall be ensured, and support for low and medium income households to access home properly provided." "Shelter shall be provided to those that are homeless, and shall be linked up to other social services in order to promote social integration." We encourage our members to take part in the public consultation – they can do so hereClick here for more information.

Headlines

Census reveals that ten percent of Irish houses lie vacant
The 2016 Census in Ireland has shown that there are almost 200,000 empty properties across the country, prompting homeless organisations to call for greater action from the government to use empty homes to reduce the number of homeless people. The Peter McVerry Trust has recommended that the government use compulsory purchase orders on vacant properties to accomplish this task. To find out more, click here.
 
Homeless world cup results in double Mexican victory
The annual Homeless World Cup resulted in wins for both Mexico's women's and men's teams. This year's tournament was held in Glasgow, Scotland, and was attended by 100,000 people, including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who praised the event for engaging socially excluded people. Next year's cup will be held in Oslo, Norway. To read more, please click here.
 
New shelter for homeless women opens in Třebič
Třebič in the Czech Republic will see the opening of a new women´s shelter, with special provision for homeless women. The centre will also be able to offer sheltered accommodation for fathers with children and entire families. To read more, click here (in Czech).
 
Homeless centre in Stockholm provides sessions with psychologist
The Pelarbacken homeless centre in Stockholm has set up a drop-in session for homeless people to speak to a psychologist without an appointment on Wednesday afternoons between 13:00 and 16:00. This has been done to meet the high demand among homeless people in the city for treatment of mental health problems and addiction. To find out more, please click here (in Swedish).
 
Tours of Vienna with a homeless guide
Supertramps, an organisation supporting homeless and marginalised people, is offering walking tours of Vienna with a homeless or ex-homeless guide. These tours do not take in the standard tourist attractions of the city; rather, they focus on Vienna from the perspective of a homeless person, with guides using their personal experiences to inform their tours. For more information, please click here (in German).
 
Sans A_, a media outlet for people living precariously
21 year-old Martin Besson has succeeded in raising €35,000 for continuing Sans A_, an online medium for “making the invisible visible”. Mr. Besson launched the project in March 2014, with the aim of giving a voice to people living in precarious situations: those who are homeless, living in extreme poverty or are socially excluded. Since its creation, Sans_A has created almost ninety articles and portraits of the people it seeks to empower. For more information click here, and to see some of Sans A_'s portraits, click here (in French).
 
Action plan for housing and homelessness in Republic of Ireland
The Irish government has launched Rebuilding Ireland, an action plan designed to reduce the housing shortage in Ireland by increasing the supply of housing available. It explicitly aims to help homeless people and families in emergency accommodation find a permanent home through improvements to the rental sector, freeing empty properties for use, building more homes and increasing the supply of social housing. For more information, please see their website.

Member News

Werena Rosenke of BAG-W interview
Deputy Director of Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe, Werena Rosenke, has been interviewed by SWR, a German public broadcaster. Ms. Rosenke discusses the importance of prevention strategies in the fight against homelessness, including the need for more investment in social housing to meet the requirement of 150,000 affordable homes per year in Germany. She also highlights how municipal homelessness prevention strategies can help reduce the overall number of homeless people. To read the article, please click here (in German).
 
BAWO releases research report on prevention of homelessness
A research report on the prevention of homelessness in Austria has been released by BAWO, looking at homelessness prevention from a legal, political and administrative perspective, but also highlighting the need for action to improve and develop capacity. The report comes on the back of a two-year research project funded and commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, and can be accessed online here (in German).

Tackling homelessness: good news from Italy
The Italian Ministry for Labour and Social Policy, Giuliano Poletti, has ratified the National Plan to fight Poverty. This tool supports people living in poverty, with each family who needs it receiving a monthly cheque to fulfil their basic needs. The same Ministry has also agreed to spend €100 million from the National Operative Programme for Inclusion and FEAD on cities with high rates of homelessness. The funds will be allocated through innovative Housing First projects. Meanwhile the HOMELESS ZERO campaign (www.homelesszero.org), launched in June by the Ministry and fio.PSD, is currently gathering funds for Housing First projects. During its official launch, which was attended by the actor Richard Gere, the President of fio.PSD, Cristina Avonto, signed a protocol with the Ministry to engage in concrete action against homelessness.
For more information, please contact fio.PSD Policy Officer, Sara Baldisserri.

Publications

European Journal of Homelessness
Volume 10, No. 1 of the European Journal of Homelessness has now been published and is available in full online here. This edition contains articles on Housing First programmes in Europe, an evaluation of housing and service interventions for homeless families in the USA and a discussion of how to assess the success of homeless services.
 
BAWO releases research report on prevention of homelessness
BAWO's research report on the prevention of homelessness in Austria resulting from a two-year research project funded and commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection is available online here (in German).
 
European Network of Homeless Health Workers Newsletter
The summer edition of the European Network of Homeless Health Workers Newsletter has been published online. The newsletter aims to share information among professionals working in the field of health and homelessness and is published twice a year. You can access it online here.

 

Upcoming Events


European Homeless and Mobile Citizens Seminar
On the 30th of August 2016, the European Homeless and Mobile Citizens Network will hold a seminar to discuss the outcomes of their work in helping people who have become homeless after migrating between different EU countries. The Network was formed with funding from the Erasmus+ project, in order to provide a structure for homeless organisations dealing with homeless people both in their country of origin and country of destination, as well as to create a toolkit to gather experiences and share best practices. For more information, click here, and to register for the seminar please send an e-mail to Mauro Striano
 
11th European Research Conference on 'Homelessness and Social Work in Europe'
The European Observatory on Homelessness will hold its eleventh European Research Conference on the 23rd of September 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This year, the theme will be 'homelessness and social work in Europe'. To register for the event, please click here.
 
This publication has received financial support from the 
European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSi" (2014-2020)
The information contained in this publication does not automatically reflect the official position of the European Commission

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