Making progress on homelessness policies: The European Consensus Conference on Homelessness

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There are several fundamental issues related to homelessness on which there is currently no consensus, the aim of the 9-10 December conference is to examine these topics.

The conference is organised by the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council, co-organised with the European Commission. FEANTSA (the European Federation of Organisations Working with the Homeless) is co-ordinating the process and the French Government is a key partner. Homelessness is one of the priorities for the Belgian Presidency within its social domain. The conference will be attended by the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Social Protection Committee in view of reaching a true political consensus on the following key issues: 

  • What does homelessness mean?
  • ‘Ending Homelessness’: A realistic goal?
  • Are Housing led policy approaches the most effective methods of preventing and tackling homelessness?
  • How can meaningful participation of homeless people in the development of homelessness policies be assured?
  • To what extent should people be able to access homeless services irrespective of their legal status and citizenship?
  • What should be the elements of an EU strategy on homelessness?