European Seminar on Local Homelessness Strategies – 8 June 2012
This year, our annual seminar in Brussels (co-hosted with FEANTSA and the EU Committee of the Regions) will focus on funding strategies and building the case for homelessness. Themes discussed will include:
1. Planning and budgeting: How to prioritise? This session will include presentations on rethinking service provision, areas to make savings, and how to budget a local homeless strategy
2. Diversification of funding sources: This session will look at the different ways of funding homeless policy such as sharing the costs with other authorities (between cities), organizing business groups into policy goals, and the potential of social impact bonds.
3. Cost-effectiveness: This session would look at how to ensure efficiency of spending on homelessness such as testing innovative approaches before mainstreaming them, using cost-benefit analyses, and showing social return on investment.
The full programme will shortly be available online. Registrations will open on 12th March 2012. There are 120 places for the seminar, and priority goes to HABITACT members. So please contact email@example.com if you would like us to save a place (or more) for your city.
European Parliament hearing on the European Social Fund – watch the hearing!
On Wednesday 29 February, the Committee for Employment and Social Affairs in the European Parliament organised an expert hearing on the European Social Fund (ESF). The hearing will feed into the drafting of the parliamentary report on the new ESF regulation for 2014-2020, which we hope will support the development of a stream for funding projects and services promoting social inclusion. The three speakers at the hearing gave an insight into how the ESF works locally in Germany, France and Hungary. Note: the webstreaming of the hearing is compatible with internet explorer, is at “17.25.00” minutes, and can be viewed in all European languages.