24-25 October 2014, Bergamo (Italy)
This FEANTSA policy conference provided space to discuss a wide range of challenges and solutions. It was an opportunity for 450 practitioners from across Europe to exchange information on relevant policy and practice to prevent and reduce homelessness.
Background and EU context
The latest reports of the European Federation of National Organisations Working with Homeless People (FEANTSA) show substantial increases in homelessness in 15 countries over the last 1-5 years, with an increasing number of women, youth, families and migrants experiencing homelessness. Transitional homelessness is affecting a greater part of the EU population as vulnerabilities are increasing. More than ten European countries have developed national homelessness strategies, and other strategies are in the pipeline. The European Commission has stepped up efforts by publishing policy guidance to support Member States in their actions to confront homelessness, and programmes targeting homeless people are now eligible under the new European Structural and Investment Funds. The European Parliament has twice called for an EU homelessness strategy (in 2011 and 2014), and the EU Committee of the Regions reiterated this call end of June 2014.
1. To support policy and practice in the field of homelessness, by driving innovation and seeking out the next generation of best practices.
2. To contribute to the implementation of the Europe2020 Strategy, and namely the EU Social Investment Package adopted by the European Commission in February 2013. One of the key priorities of the package is to “confront homelessness”.
3. To provide space to test new ways of pooling expertise and building networks.
Key Conference documents
European Commission Video Messages
Migration: Tackling the hidden phenomenon of homeless domestic workers Maurizio Ambrosini
New forms of finance for homelessness services: threat or opportunity? Tim Gray
The event was closely followed on Twitter. To see all the (hundreds of) Tweets sent about the conference, search for #feantsa2014.