Periodic Reporting for period 2 - HOME_EU (Homelessness as unfairness)
Reporting period: 2017-10-01 to 2019-09-30
The Housing First model advanced in partner countries and others impulsed by civic society. Integrates national documents, operates with Municipal supports. Other locations in EU countries are also adopting or upscaling Housing First Programs. The EU Citizens are favourable to solution focused strategies to reverse homelessness; 76% consider that governments should invest more on solutions and 49% consider that they would be wiiling to pay more taxes to promote Housing First. The citizens are aware that job loss (60.3% ), addiction are main causes of homelessness; France added indebtedness and rent arrears. In relation to the real-life homelessness experiences with inequalities, the comprised studies demonstrated that the voice of those with personal experience are essential for the understanding how to reverse it. The quantitative data favouring Housing First are expressive and statistically significant in terms of community integration, choice over housing and support services, and the satisfaction with the services, retaining their housing options (71.8% overall rate opposed to the 20.8% to the participants in staircase model services), and significant reduction in the psychiatric symptoms. Data were colected in 46 Housing First Programs in 27 EU Cities, and 59 stair case model programs in 31 EU Cities. The Personal narratives emphasize the meaning of having a home as a means towards enhance personal capacities, improving the social relations, increasing personal affordances and reducing constraints. For service providers, Housing First professionals housing is a basic human right, have a person-centred approach, support user’s autonomy and choice. For social policy stakeholders (62%) homeless is a moderate to major problema in their region; further support for the upscaling of reversing homelessness situations, and just 15,7% reported that Housing First was implemented in their region, also mentioned that funding is na absolute requirement to reverse concrete homelessness situations and that it is crucial de role of the civic society organizations in implementing and supporting the programs.
Economic impact, information to support the emergence a specialized professional development of supporting people in the community on social integration, recovery and capabilities. University-Community Partnerships are relevant to promote those specializations. Overall socio-political dynamics we have demonstrable evidence to display a show-case that Housing First is a paradigm shift aimed at promoting social integration of one of the most disadvantaged social groups in Europe – The long-term Homeless people. We have the key element to advance the relevance of sustainable investments first to resolve long-term homelessness and further strengthening the community’s capacity to prevent new long-term homelessness situations in Europe.