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Across the EU homelessness stands at an unprecedentedly high level, particularly among young people. On 22 November, Peer Review participants met in Copenhagen to learn how Denmark has tackled homelessness using an integrated housing-first strategy.
Host Country: Denmark
Date: 22 November 2013
Peer countries: Austria - Bulgaria - Croatia - Finland - France - Ireland - Norway - Romania - Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom
The EU Social Investment Package (SIP) includes a call toward Member States to implement comprehensive strategies for tackling homelessness “based on prevention, housing-led approaches and reviewing regulations and practices on eviction”. The Danish National Homelessness Strategy (2009-2013) offers an example of how to implement the “housing first” principle – where access to permanent housing with support precedes other interventions – in a cost-effective manner. As such, the Peer Review supports SIP as well as the EU2020 Strategy, which includes a target to lift at least 20 million people out of (the risk of) poverty and social exclusion by 2020.
Ms Katja Korolkova (ÖSB Consulting GmbH)