Friday 10th June
1:Homelessness: highlighting different gender perspectives, challenges, and solutions
Specific challenges encountered by homeless fathers.
Marleen Heylen, CAW De Kempen, Belgium
The vital role housing plays in tackling and responding to domestic abuse.
Gudrun Burnet, Peabody, UK
2:Innovative housing solutions for homeless people
Good quality housing for very vulnerable people: the Domus project.
Sara Waelbers, Housing support worker, CAW Antwerpen, Belgium
Can empty housing genuinely be converted into real solutions for homeless people?
Bronagh D’Arcy, Development Director, Túath Housing, Ireland
3:Experience the Shared Solutions participatory methodology in practice
Key question to participants: “How can co-production be an effective way to deliver services?
Sanna Tivola, No Fixed Abode, Finland
David Kidd, Glasgow Homelessness Network, Scotland
4:Effective health interventions for homeless people – building bridges across sectors
Data matching: understanding the impact of homelessness on health services.Neil Hamlet, National Health Service, Scotland, UK
Mental health and homelessness: providing support to frontline workers working with homeless people.
Mahe Aja, Psychologist, Coordinator of the mental health support team, SMES-Belgique,
5:Are you in? Building a European movement to end street homelessness
BSHF in partnership with FEANTSA is coordinating the European End Street Homelessness Campaign - a new pan European movement of cities, working together to permanently house Europe’s most vulnerable people and end chronic street homelessness in those cities by 2020.
Speakers talk about the experience of three of the early participating cities in the campaign Barcelona, Valencia, and London.
Marta Olaria, Advocacy officer, Arrels Fundació, Spain
Luis Perea (Strategic Development Director) and and Begoña Pastor (Director for Mediterranean Area), RAIS Fundación, Spain
Petra Salva, Director of Services, St. Mungos, UK
6:Access to adequate accommodation for asylum seekers and the role of the homeless sector
Asylum reform in France and the evolving role of the homeless sector.
Juliette Delaplace, Migration policy officer, FNARS, France
The impact of the rising tide of asylum-seekers on the homeless sector in Germany.
Thomas Specht, Director, BAG-Wohnungslosenhilfe, Germany
7:Housing first/Housing led: Is it necessary to change the paradigm?
The role of social experimentation in driving change in the homeless sector : observations from Belgium.
Coralie Buxant, Coordinator, Housing First Belgium
European consensus-building to shift thinking in the homeless sector: key steps to launching the Housing First Europe online guide.
Maria-José Aldanas, Project officer, FEANTSA
8:National strategy on homelessness – key to success or pitfall?
Evaluation of the Danish homelessness strategy: mixed results.
Lars Benjaminsen, Researcher, SFI, Denmark
Dutch homelessness strategy – the key role of local authorities.
Rina Beers, Senior policy officer, Federatie Opvang, The Netherlands
9:How much does homelessness cost – the pros and cons of cost-efficiency argument
Results of recent research on costs of homelessness in Belgium – reflection on implications for public policy.
Danny Lescrauwaet, Steunpunt Algemeen Welzijswerk, Belgium
Human rights versus cost-effectiveness as drivers of public policy to address homelessness.
Julien Damon, Associate professor Sciences Po Paris, France
10:How can we effectively work together to prevent and end youth homelessness?
Policy recommendations on ways to address the effects of homelessness on children and young people in Flanders.
Bruno Vanobbergen & Leen Ackaert, Childrens Rights Commissioner, Belgium
A Way Home: innovative and effective model for prevention and collaboration to end youth homelessness in Canada.
Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home, Canada & Stephen Gaetz, Professor and Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, York University, Toronto, Canada