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Date : Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Addressing Homelessness in the EU: Supporting the Most Vulnerable

Employment and Social policy
Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: Pullman Brussels Centre Midi hotel

Alarming trends show homelessness is increasing in almost all EU Member States despite ongoing efforts to put an end to it. About 4 million people experience homelessness yearly in the EU, in particular young people, women, migrants and other marginalized communities/minorities. An estimated 410,000 people sleep rough on any given night in the streets of Europe (HOME_EU). Instead of decreasing, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Europe has been on the rise, negatively impacting the lives of individuals and society at large.

In light of this, the EU has enacted a wide range of measures aimed at reducing the level of homelessness. One of the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, to significantly lift 20 million people out of all forms of extreme poverty or social exclusion, and the implementation of the European Commission’s Social Investment Package, show the EU’s moral commitment to protect and care for homeless people, as enshrined in its Charter of Fundamental Rights, and EU laws and practices. Other relevant EU initiatives include the EU Structural and Investment funds:of which €70 billion will be assigned to social inclusion projects between 2014 and 2020, and the European Regional Development Fund which also sponsors initiatives for urban regeneration, housing, and the development of community-based social and health services (HOPE-Homeless in Europe).

Homeless people’s chances of protection however, vary among EU Member States, creating differences in care, lack of accurate data collection, etc. Continued work by European institutions, Member States and local organisations are desperately needed to assist the needs of homeless people. This should be complimented by EU-level policy support, and reinforced by national and regional homelessness strategies, through cost-effective and evidence-based programmes and best practices that promote integrated social services and labour market participation, as well as effective emergency interventions.

This symposium will provide an opportunity for policy-makers, EU-wide stakeholders and other professionals working in this sector to have open and honest discussions on the latest strategies for confronting homelessness in the EU. It will examine ways of addressing homeless people’s basic needs and connect them to suitable services, and how to make a real difference in reducing and eradicating homelessness in the EU.

Delegate will:

  • Discuss the most recent EU strategies and polices to understand the key challenges and priorities for tackling homelessness
  • Learn the varying definitions of homelessness and the changing profile of homelessness
  • Discuss methods of obtaining comprehensive and consistent data collection to best understand ‘hidden homelessness’
  • Explore why the homeless situation in the EU is escalating and assess the effectiveness of current EU policies in place to tackle it
  • Discuss the details & challenges of work in this sector and how stakeholders can work together
  • Learn how the EU structural and investment funds are being used to help with the homelessness situation across the EU
  • Talk about access to justice for the right of housing: national homelessness strategies complemented by regional strategies
  • Discuss current and possible future initiatives that can support people transitioning out of homelessness



Registration and Morning Refreshments


Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks


Tackling Homeless across the EU and Working Together to Deliver Timely and Effective Interventions 

  • The defining and measuring of homelessness - EU approaches to eradicate the issue including the understanding of hidden homelessness: The exact scale of this issue and the improvement of comprehensive and consistent data collection
  • The impact of irregular migration on homelessness services in the EU: The importance of community-based and EU-level bureaucracy approaches 
  • Homelessness and access to health and other social services: Ensuring that the needs of homeless people are considered in policy making and service delivery 
  • Responding to violence and discrimination against homeless people, such as women, young people, migrant, LGBTIQ, etc. and defending their human rights 


First Round of Discussions


Morning Coffee Break


Understanding the Causes of Homelessness and Discussing Prevention Methods/Practices 

  • Discussing EU-wide social/welfare policies: The role of EU structural funds and social and public housing as solutions for homelessness 
  • Creating preventive strategies: Discussing how to prioritise effective short-term and long-term evidence-based programmes and best practices to support preventive policies 
  • Reducing and eradicating homelessness: Examining current legislation/policies and their impact on national and regional homelessness strategies, and promoting social and economic integration 


Second Round of Discussions


Networking Lunch


Homelessness: Re-shaping the Policy Agenda? 

  • Shaping policies and practices, now and into the future
  • The EU homelessness strategy: Reforming temporary accomodation and access to housing to deliver 'housing first'
  • The impact of structural funding on service provision for the homeless


Third Round of Discussions


Afternoon Coffee Break


Future Challenges for Homelessness in Europe 

  • Addressing the challenges of ending homelessness for migrants: The way towards more support for those who have limited entitlements
  • Ways to reduce and eradicate homelessness in Europe: The process of political and organisational decision-making and funding support at national and local level  
  • Preparation 2020: Monitoring EU structural and investment funds that are being used to create pathways out of homelessness 


Fourth Round of Discussions


Chair's Summary and Closing Remarks


Networking Reception and Refreshments


Symposium Close


Who Should Attend?

  • EU policy makers and EU-wide stakeholders
  • Local Authority Housing Officers and Managers
  • Homelessness Assessment and Prevention Officers
  • Housing Associations
  • Housing Strategy Officers
  • Housing Supply Officers
  • Supported Housing Teams
  • Private Housing Teams
  • Tenants and Residents' Associations
  • Registered Social Landlords
  • Tenancy Relations Officers
  • Private Sector Housing Divisions
  • Letting Agents
  • Housing Benefit Teams
  • Local Immigration Teams
  • Local Migrant Support Groups
  • Asylum Team Managers
  • Planning Enforcement Teams
  • Local Planners and Consultants
  • Representatives of Community Organisations
  • Environment Health Officers
  • Local Complaints Officers
  • Legal Professionals
  • Local Strategic Partnerships
  • Sheltered Housing Scheme Managers
  • Children and Young Peoples Service Managers
  • Social Services
  • Social Exclusion Officers
  • Mental Health Advisors and Practitioners
  • Anti-Poverty Campaigners
  • Welfare Rights Organisations
  • Health and Safety Teams
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Teams
  • Regeneration and Economic Development Officers
  • Sustainable Development Officers
  • Urban Renewal Teams
  • Regional Development Agencies
  • Court Collection Agencies
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Tribunal Services
  • Trading Standards Teams
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Advice and Support Groups
  • Education Providers
  • Police and Emergency Services
  • Equality and Diversity Practitioners
  • Third Sector Representatives
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Central Government Departments and Agencies
  • Individuals who have Experienced Homelessness


Register Here: https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/book.php?event=JI11-PPE2&ss=lk&tg=1.1




Place Victor Horta 1 1060, Bruxelles


All Dates

  • Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:00 - 16:30

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