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Conference Outcomes:

Paris Declaration

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Workshop session I: Understanding the links between Europe and its communities

Europe2020 and the social investment package: converting European recommendations into national homelessness strategies

The review of the Finnish strategy to end long-term homelessness: facts, findings, future
Juha Kaakinen, Y-Foundation, Finland

Developing national-level guidelines to reduce homelessness – using European Funds as a leverage for change
Raffaele Tangorra, Ministry of labour and social affairs, Italy

EU structural and investment funds – a genuine channel for supporting inclusion pathways for homeless people?

From exclusion to employment: a model for “impossible to reach” groups under the European Social Fund
Sian Tomos, GISDA, Wales, UK

Key steps to making the European Regional Development Fund relevant for housing homeless people
Michele Trabucco, Caritas Venice, Italy

Diversity of public financing models for homeless services across Europe: still a reality, still the future?

Preserving diversity of homeless service funding with the transposition of the revised EU public procurement directive
Michel Mercadié and Samuel Le Floch, FNARS, France

Public procurement threatening diversity of homeless services among NGO service providers?
Kjell Larsson, Gothenburg City Mission, Sweden

EU free movement of citizens and homelessness: new challenges and new opportunities

Cooperation strategies between Poland and the UK to support inclusion of homeless EU citizens
Agnieszka Grzelka, Monar, Poland

Access to social benefits for economically active and inactive EU citizens – the impact of recent European Court of Justice decisions
Herwig Verschueren, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Using international legal instruments to drive changes at local level

The Revised Social Charter of the Council of Europe – the right to housing from words to action in local courts
Pim Fischer and Joris Sprakel, Fischer Advocaten, The Netherlands

Using international jurisprudence to advocate for better rights-based policies
Regis Brillat, Council of Europe

Leaving nobody behind - is the European youth guarantee an opportunity for homeless youth?

Pushing for a youth housing guarantee to facilitate access to employment and training for vulnerable youth
Minnis Vierikko, Youth Housing Association, Finland

The right to after-care guarantee for youth leaving State care – local pilots in a European perspective
Stefaan Vanmulders, Flemish agency for youth welfare, Belgium

Workshop session II: Communities as a starting point to create new European dynamics

Promoting links between the homelessness sector and the domestic violence sector to find long-term housing solutions – can Europe support cross-sector cooperation?

Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Raising awareness of women’s homelessness, domestic violence and trauma
Anna Page and Ambreen (Mimi) Butt, St Mungo’s Broadway, UK

Housing solutions for victims of domestic violence: a reflection on current gaps and needs which need to be addressed in the future
Rosa Logar, Women Against Violence Europe, Austria

Bridging data gaps on homelessness - from local systems to a Europe-wide system?

Using both national surveys and client record systems to support policy-making and monitoring
Lars Benjaminsen, SFI research institute, Denmark

Local/regional homelessness surveys and building bridges with national/European measurement systems
Andrea Szabó, Habitat for Humanity Hungary, Hungary

Promoting inclusive housing markets – is there a role for Europe?

Ireland’s Social Housing Strategy – affordable homes in sustainable communities
Bairbre NicAongusa, Department for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland

The state of housing markets in France and their impact on homelessness
Manuel Domergue, Fondation Abbé Pierre, France

Ending rough sleeping in Europe’s cities – is a European alliance possible?

Rights-based local strategies to reach zero rough sleepers: the experience of Odense
Tom Rønning, Odense local council, Denmark

Criminalisation of homeless people to end rough sleeping – tackling negative legislation and attitudes
Sonia Olea Ferreras, Caritas España, Spain

Healthcare systems and homelessness in a context of austerity and budget cuts – will Europe ensure access to health for all?

Cause and effect: Mental health budget cuts and the impact on homelessness
Panagiota Fitsiou, Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health, Greece

Care navigators to accompany homeless people – ensuring a continuum of care from entry to safe discharge from hospital
Stan Burridge, Pathway, UK

Housing First local experiments: step by step upscaling to the next level and perspectives for European cooperation

Key steps to mainstreaming Housing First principles in the wider local homelessness system
Björn Wäst, Helsinborg local council, Sweden

Joint evaluation of 9 Housing First local pilots with a view to national upscaling: key barriers and opportunities
Rick Henderson, Homeless LINK, UK