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2017 FEANTSA Policy Conference - The Fight Against Homelessness: Solidarity in Action

18-19 May 2017 : Gdansk, Poland

English programme | French programme | Polish programme

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.


Plenary Presentation by Wojciech Bystry, President of Saint Brother Albert’s Aid Society


 Workshop Session 1

Workshop 1: Innovative Housing Solutions

Right to Housing Plan of Barcelona Municipality: Practical solutions to deliver affordable housing in stressed housing markets

Maite Arrondo, Housing Consultant Barcelona Municipality

Innovative HousingSolutions for Rebuilding Ireland

Kathleen McKillion Irish Council for Social Housing , Ireland

Workshop 2: Homelessness Among Mobile EU Citizens: Is the Reconnection Model Working? 

Homelessness amongst mobile EU citizens Is the reconnection model working?

Petra Salva, Director of Services, St Mungo's

The successful home journey - Experiences from the Transit-programme in Copenhagen

Bo Heide-Jochimsen, Outreach Worker, Projekt Udenfor

Workshop 3: Overcoming Homelessness: Is there a role for the creative arts?

How to Make Latte with a Dash of Milk Social Conscience - The Cafe Art Way 

Michael Wong, Café Art, UK

Rambler Studio Berlin: An innovative project of youth care and assistance to the homeless in Berlin!

Benjamin Siepmann & Sarah Skala, Rambler Studio Berlin, Germany

Workshop 4: Supporting Homeless People with Complex Trauma

Adversity, Relationships and Complex Needs

Dr. Adam Burley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian Psychotherapy Department, Edinburgh, Scotland

Complex trauma of homeless persons with severe mental illness: Recovery-oriented practices in an outreach team 

Dr Aurelie Tinland, Aix-Marseille University and APHM

Workshop 5: The Homeless Bill of Rights: A Rights Approach to Homelessness - Generating Debate Around Criminalisation 

Criminalization of Homelessness in Poland and the role of human rights in the process of decriminalization of homelessness

Adam Ploszka University of Warsaw, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

Endorsment Of The Homeless Bill Of Rights In Kranj

Irena Rezar, Representative of the City of Kranj, Slovenia 


 Workshop session 2

Workshop 1: Using EU Funds to Tackle Homelessness: Promising Practices 

EU Funds Case Study: Italy

Cristina Avonto, President of fio.PSD, Italy

Municipial Strategies to Prevent Homelessness – Early Invention, Social Inclusion and Supported Housing

Sina Rasilainen, project manager, The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland

Workshop 2: Drug Consumption Rooms – Exploring Alternatives to Street Use  

Drug Consumption Rooms- Exploring Alternatives to Street Use

Dagmar Hedrich, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Portugal

Drug Consumption Rooms – Exploring Alternatives to Street Use: Prevention of drug-related harms and deaths in Copenhagen 

Henrik Thiesen, Health Team for Homeless and Health Outreach, Copenhagen City social administration, Denmark

Medically Supervised Injection Centres: Policy and Public Debate in Ireland

Niamh Randall, Simon Community Dublin, Ireland

Workshop 3: Employment: A Key Pathway out of Homelessness

Employment & Homelessness - Connection Crew: an introduction to a different kind of crewing company

Charlie Dorman, Connection Crew, UK

Employment: main path to getting out of homelessness

Justyna Rozbicka-Stanis?awska, St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society, Poland.

Workshop 4: Innovative Housing Practices to Prevent Vulnerable Youth Becoming Homeless 

Building a future together: Status holders & Dutch locals

Fleur Eymann, Startblok Riekerhaven, The Netherlands

NAL Palvelut: Tailored services make the difference

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

Social Rental Agency: solution for social rental sector in Poland

Barbara Audycka, Habitat for Humanity, Poland

Czech Social Housing Strategy

Katerina Glumbíková, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Workshop 2: Migration flows and impact on homelessness services. 

The impact of migrants and asylum seekers on the homeless sector in Italy

Donatella de Vito, fioPSD, Italy

Ukrainian Migrants In Poland

Pawe? Jaskulski , Saint Brother Albert’s Aid Society, Poland

Workshop 3: A Roadmap for Scaling Up Housing First in a Major European City  

Taking Housing First to scale

Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis, UK and Chris Hancock, Head of Housing, Crisis, UK

A Roadmap for Scaling Up Housing First in a Major European City: Response to the presentation from a CEE perspective

Julia Wygna?ska, Researcher, Poland and Boróka Fehér, BMSZKI, Hungary.

Workshop 4: Disability and Homelessness: Making the Connection 

Mild Intellectual Disability and homelessness 

Johan de Vries, City of Amsterdam, Netherlands