The Danish National Homelessness Strategy, introduced in 2009 and in place up to 2013, is an example of how to implement the Housing First approach effectively within sustainable budgets. Participants of this Peer Review (Denmark, 22 November 2013) will exchange views and learn from the Danish experience.
Host Country: Denmark
Date: 22 November 2013
Peer countries: Austria - Bulgaria - Croatia - Finland - France - Ireland - Norway - Romania - Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom
Despite the best efforts of governments and various organisations, homelessness is at an unacceptable level across the EU, made worse by the economic crisis.
The EU Social Investment Package released in February 2013 calls on Member States to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states. With regard to homelessness, it emphasises the need for “comprehensive strategies based on prevention, housing-led approaches and reviewing regulations and practices on eviction”. In March, the Irish roundtable meeting on homelessness led to the establishment of 5 core principles of response: housing-led; prevention; supply; services and choice.
A full evaluation of the Danish National Homelessness Strategy was carried out and will form part of the basis for the Peer Review but preliminary results suggest that the proportion of people who fall back into homelessness when supported through this approach is very small (5-10%).
Ms Katja Korolkova (ÖSB Consulting GmbH)