In 2005, FEANTSA launched a European Typology of Homelessness and housing exclusion (ETHOS). The goal was to improve understanding and measurement of homelessness in Europe, and to provide a common "language" for transnational exchanges on homelessness. The typology was developed through a review of existing definitions of homelessness and the realities of homelessness which service providers are faced with on a daily basis. ETHOS has been used for different purposes: as a framework for debate, for data collection purposes, for policy purposes, monitoring purposes, and in the media.
We have updated the typology and now have two versions. Our light version is for anyone interested in the theme, whereas the second version offers a more comprehensive framework to experts and academics.