2017 FEANTSA Policy Conference - The Fight Against Homelessness: Solidarity in Action
18-19 May 2017 : Gdansk, Poland
FEANTSA’s annual policy conference took place in Gdansk on Friday 19 May 2017, with a series of events taking place on Thursday 18 May 2017, as part of the pre-conference programme.
Thursday 18 May (Site Visits & Working Spaces):
Conference delegates had the choice of a series of events including site visits to view services for people experiencing homelessness in Gdansk or to attend a working space touching on a wide range of topics including:
- Drug use
- Women’s homelessness
- Youth homelessness
- Social rental agencies
- Homelessness in Russia
- Housing First
- In addition to meetings orientated towards national and local policy makers.
Friday 19 May (Main Conference):
The main conference took place on Friday 19 May, bringing 300 delegates together in two plenary sessions in addition to 14 workshops.
Workshop Session 1
Workshop 1: Innovative Housing Solutions
Maite Arrondo, Housing Consultant Barcelona Municipality
Kathleen McKillion Irish Council for Social Housing , Ireland
Workshop 2: Homelessness Among Mobile EU Citizens: Is the Reconnection Model Working?
Petra Salva, Director of Services, St Mungo's
Bo Heide-Jochimsen, Outreach Worker, Projekt Udenfor
Workshop 3: Overcoming Homelessness: Is there a role for the creative arts?
Michael Wong, Café Art, UK
Benjamin Siepmann & Sarah Skala, Rambler Studio Berlin, Germany
Workshop 4: Supporting Homeless People with Complex Trauma
Dr. Adam Burley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian Psychotherapy Department, Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Aurelie Tinland, Aix-Marseille University and APHM
Workshop 5: The Homeless Bill of Rights: A Rights Approach to Homelessness - Generating Debate Around Criminalisation
Adam Ploszka University of Warsaw, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Irena Rezar, Representative of the City of Kranj, Slovenia
Workshop session 2
Workshop 1: Using EU Funds to Tackle Homelessness: Promising Practices
Cristina Avonto, President of fio.PSD, Italy
Sina Rasilainen, project manager, The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland
Workshop 2: Drug Consumption Rooms – Exploring Alternatives to Street Use
Dagmar Hedrich, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Portugal
Henrik Thiesen, Health Team for Homeless and Health Outreach, Copenhagen City social administration, Denmark
Niamh Randall, Simon Community Dublin, Ireland
Workshop 3: Employment: A Key Pathway out of Homelessness
Charlie Dorman, Connection Crew, UK
Justyna Rozbicka-Stanis?awska, St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society, Poland.
Workshop 4: Innovative Housing Practices to Prevent Vulnerable Youth Becoming Homeless
Fleur Eymann, Startblok Riekerhaven, The Netherlands
Juha Kahila, NAL, Finland
Workshop 5: Can Digital Inclusion be a way to Foster Participation of People with Experience of Homelessness?
David Kidd, Glasgow Homelessness Network, UK
Workshop Session 3
Workshop 1: Social housing in Central and Eastern Europe
Barbara Audycka, Habitat for Humanity, Poland
Katerina Glumbíková, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Workshop 2: Migration flows and impact on homelessness services.
Donatella de Vito, fioPSD, Italy
Pawe? Jaskulski , Saint Brother Albert’s Aid Society, Poland
Workshop 3: A Roadmap for Scaling Up Housing First in a Major European City
Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis, UK and Chris Hancock, Head of Housing, Crisis, UK
Julia Wygna?ska, Researcher, Poland and Boróka Fehér, BMSZKI, Hungary.
Workshop 4: Disability and Homelessness: Making the Connection
Johan de Vries, City of Amsterdam, Netherlands