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Fighting Homelessness Policy Lab

10-11 of December 2018 will take place in Paris the Policy Lab “Fighting Homelessness: the role of cities”,  co-organised by URBACT  with FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless). Laura Colini will coordinate the session in her role as URBACT program, expert.

Over 4 million people are affected by homelessness each year in Europe, studies compiled by FEANTSA and Foundation Abbé Pierre paint a stark picture however about the reality of this challenge.Homelessness is pre-dominantly visible in European cities where wider issues about affordable and adequate housing are affecting more tracts of population. Policy makers at local level face challenges in delivering housing and social policies that can make a meaningful impact on homelessness.

To shed light upon this issue, URBACT is co-organising with FEANTSA this event, which aims to empower cities with the knowledge shared within URBACT and FEANTSA and understanding of existing practices to combat homelessness in their city – linking this topic to the wider debate about housing rights for all. On the 1st day, Monday, cities will participate in the formal lab discussing their chosen topics. On Tuesday, cities will participate in site visits in Paris, exploring real practices for combatting homelessness in site.

Places for participants are reserved for cities only (local authorities, city practitioners and elected representatives). Cities who are interested in combatting homelessness using Housing First, prioritising prevention or re-using vacant buildings are encouraged to participate.

The Policy Lab will be held in English.

Have a look at the agenda of the lab.

Read  the article by Laura Colini on the URBACT Blog

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