HABITACT welcomes Sandefjord city council!
Sandefjord city council in Norway has joined HABITACT! The city council is a member of the Social Housing Development programme (from homelessness to permanent housing), working closely with the Norwegian State Housing Bank. They are working on capacity building and development of a comprehensive social housing strategy in their own municipality. They would like to develop a Housing First model in their own municipality. The contact person is Sissel Bekkelund (firstname.lastname@example.org) – we’ll have the pleasure of meeting her at the Ghent peer review.
2012 Ghent Peer Review documents available
The agenda and discussion paper for the Ghent peer review taking place on 8 and 9 March are available in the members’ area of the HABITACT website. If you have forgotten the password, please email@example.com. A general email will be sent to all peer review participants tomorrow with the documents. The final list of participating cities is the following: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Baerum, Brussels, Dudley, Esch-sur-Alzette, Gothenburg, Kortrijk, Lucca, Odense, Sandefjord, Stockholm, Tartu, and Verona.
Amsterdam promotes social innovation in Public Mental Health
The Amsterdam Public Health Service has developed a Self-Sufficiency Matrix (SSM-D) tool to measure the self-sufficiency of vulnerable people quickly and easily during intake and over time. Eleven areas of daily life(income, day-time activities, housing, mental health, physical health, family relationships, addiction, general daily skills, social network, social participation, legal) are given a self-sufficiency rating. The G4-USER Academic Collaborative Centre, a Public Mental Health alliance between Public Health Services and universities of the 4 major cities in the Netherlands, is currently detailing plans to gather SSM data in a joint databank and to analyse them. Now would be a unique opportunity for interested European cities to link in; it would facilitate international comparisons of the characteristics and development of the target group and of promising interventions. The project is carried out in collaboration with the European Metropolitan network Institute (EMI). Interested? See more in the document enclosed or contact Nienke BoesveldtN.Boesveldt@DZS.AMSTERDAM.NL