European seminar on funding strategies – presentations
All presentations made at the seminar are now
available online here.
A report of the seminar will be made available in the coming weeks.
Urbact – still possible to join a European project
There is a possibility for cities to join an Urbact European partnership
as the 19 selected projects are reaching out to new cities. There is no
project on homelessness, but some projects are indirectly related to
See all projects and contact points here.
Report of HABITACT steering group meeting - 7th
1. Participants from the following cities : Amsterdam, Baerum, Brussels,
Copenhagen, Esch-sur-Alzette, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Luxembourg.
Apologies from: Dublin, Odense, Sandefjord.
2. EU developments: Concerning the European
Commission’s mapping exercise on homelessness in EU27, the cities call for
careful coordination of the exercise with relevant ministries and local
authorities, in order to get access to correct data on homelessness.
3.HABITACT activities and services : Decision to
make online Policy Bank and Peer Review Discussion Papers public (in order to
make HABITACT resources more visible/useful), and to look into the use of
webinars for policy exchanges in HABITACT and as a way to involve experts from
outside of Europe.
4. Peer review series 2010-2012: general interest in
Dublin proposal to host 2013 HABITACT peer review, especially under the Irish
presidency of the EU; decision to limit number of peer review participants to
25; external speakers are welcome but it would be important to have part of the
peer review for cities only; important to link study visits to a theoretical
model, while still remaining practical enough.
5. European projects : We had an update from
Volker Busch-Geertsema on first results of the Housing First Europe social
experimentation project ; Two social experimentation project applications
are pending approval later this year (one led by Amsterdam city on meaningful
occupation for homeless people, and one led by the French government on Housing
First and social experimentation methodologies) - if these applications are
successful, this will open up opportunities for funded training seminars for
6. Key themes for HABITACT to work on in the future:
meaningful occupation/employability, social work approaches (especially impact
of Housing First on social work), prevention of homelessness, and integration
of Eastern European migrants.
7. Save the date: The steering group will next meet in
linked to the FEANTSA conference on migration and homelessness on 16 November
2012. Housing First Europe final conference will be on 13 and 14 June 2013.
8. Ideas for budget left over for 2012: commission
research on issues of interest (example international literature review of
independent policy/service evaluations), collect good practices in HABITACT
cities to showcase work, support travel of some cities to the next meeting in Barcelona, organise a
webinar, print more HABITACT publications.
9. You’ll find the meeting documents online in
HABITACT members’ area.