Published on December 18, 2013
FEANTSA European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless Presentation
Membership Fé dé ration europé enne des associations nationales travaillant avec les sans-abri (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless) More than 130 member organisations in 26 EU Member States and other European countries National and regional umbrella organisations of service providers for homeless people Full/associate/corresponding members
Objectives FEANTSA works closely with the EU institutions, and has consultative status at the Council of Europe and the United Nations. It receives financial support from the European Commission. FEANTSA is committed to: Engaging in constant dialogue with the European institutions and national and regional governments to promote the development and implementation of effective measures to fight homelessness. Conducting and disseminating research and data collection to promote better understanding of the nature, extent, causes of, and solutions to, homelessness. Promoting and facilitating the exchange of information, experience and good practice between FEANTSA’s member organisations and relevant stakeholders with a view to improving policies and practices addressing homelessness. Raising public awareness about the complexity of homelessness and the multidimensional nature of the problems faced by homeless people
Decision-Making Structure Democratically organised General Assembly (GA) Administrative Council (AC) Executive Committee (EC) Finance Committee (President, Treasurer, Director and Finance Officer) Office (implements the work programme)
General Assembly Is composed of all full members; other members may assist in a consultative capacity. Has the following responsibilities: To decide on basic policy (work programmes) To approve the budget and accounts. To elect and dismiss members of the Administrative Council. To amend the statutes. To expel members. To dissolve the association. Decisions are taken by a simple majority. The votes are distributed on the basis of 10 votes per Member State. Meets once a year (usually in connection with the Annual Conference). Voting takes place every two years.
Administrative Council One representative from each EU Member State with a full member, Meets 3 x / year Elected by the General Assembly for 2 years (renewable) Elects Executive Committee Responsibilities: Membership applications Adopt and develop the annual work programme and the annual budget Adopt policy statements Establish working groups Decide on personnel structure and organisation of work of the Secretariat, dismissal of Director Decide on internal regulations of the secretariat Decisions by simple majority. Consensus is striven for.
Executive Committee Elected by and from the Administrative Council for 2 years (renewable) Maximum 7 members, including the President, 2 vicepresidents, the treasurer and the secretary. Responsibilities: Prepares and implements longer-term strategies Prepares issues for Administrative Council decision Monitors and implements the annual work programme Supervises staff management Monitors research carried out by the Observatory Decisions are taken by majority voting, strives for consensus Meets 4 x per year
Working Groups I Appointed by the AC (based on applications) Aim: Develop thematic expertise and facilitate exchange of good practices Prepare policy documents, background documents, toolkits, databases, etc. Prepare conferences Meet 2 x per year
Working Groups II Housing (6 members, 1 Research Expert) Employment (6 members) Housing Rights (4 members, 2 observers) Health and Social Protection (5 members) Participation (6 members) Migration (6 members, 1 observer)
Transnational Exchange Initiatives Public Fora •Local authorities •(HABITACT) •Ministries Forum FEANTSA Thematic Fora •Health •Housing Rights •Employment Knowledge Forum •Research Observatory •Data Collection
Transnational Exchange Initiatives European Network of Homeless Health Workers (ENHW) Housing Rights Watch HABITACT Ministries Forum European Employability and Homelessness Fo Housing Practitioners’ Forum
European Network of Homeless Health Workers 1. 2. Virtual network of about 350 contacts across Europe, mainly health professionals working with homeless people. LinkedIn Group Newsletter three/four times a year : Exchange and mutual learning, Information about available resources and relevant events.
Housing Rights Watch www.housingrightswatch.org Links voluntary organisations, lawyers and academics committed to promoting the right to housing for all. Aims at: sharing information on legislation and case-law, monitoring the housing situation from a rights-based perspective, supporting national and European public policy change with the aim of better implementing the right to housing. 15 national correspondents Housing Rights Expert group Newsletter Conferences Campaign: Poverty is Not a Crime www.povertyisnotacrime.org LinkedIn group
HABITACT European exchange forum on local homeless strategies 8 founding cities, 16 partner cities 5 project streams: policy exchange, communications, project development, partnership development, promotion Policy Exchange Communications Research proposal on local welfare systems and homelessness under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission Life-Long Learning Partnership Development e-bulletin Website www.habitact.eu Project Development Peer Reviews Policy Bank Extending network Funding opportunities Promotion
Ministries’ Forum Forum of ministries responsible for homelessness Brings together regional and national policy makers responsible for homelessness in the Member States Allows mutual learning and transnational exchange on homelessness policies FEANTSA facilitates the forum Latest events Workshop: Housing First: A Key Element of European Homelessness Strategies, 23rd March 2012, hosted by the French Permanent Representation to the EU EU Housing Ministers’ Meeting, 10th December 2013 More information
European Employability and Homelessness Forum FEANTSA is developing a European Employability and Homelessness Forum in order to reach out to partners outside the homelessness sector The forum aims to provide a platform for transnational exchanges on employment and homelessness Resources "Employability and Homelessness" newsletter Online database of employment initiatives More information
Housing Practitioners’ Forum FEANTSA is currently working with CECODHAS (Housing Europe) and EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities) to develop a European forum of housing practitioners focusing on meeting the housing needs of vulnerable people More information
European Observatory on Homelessness (EOH) www.feantsaresearch.org Understanding homelessness and evaluating services is key to developing homelessness strategies, preventing homelessness and promoting good practice in homelessness services FEANTSA’s statutory bodies decide on the Observatory’s research strategy, annual research programme and research themes Annual European Research Conference Two issues of the European Journal of Homelessness and one Comparative Study per year LinkedIn Discussion Group Recent work: • Review of knowledge on homelessness for 2010 Consensus Conference • 2011 study of barriers to social housing for homeless people in the EU • 2012 study of the enumeration of homelessness in the 2011 censuses • 2013 cost of homelessness study
Communications Tools FEANTSA website • Public section • Members’ only section Publications • Homeless in Europe Magazine • Flash Newsletter • LINK (internal members’ newsletter) • Press Releases • Videos Social Media
Policy Tools/Resources FEANTSA has produced a wealth of Resources, including: Annual Reports Books Databases Lists of Services by Country Homelessness Monitoring Policy Statements PowerPoint Presentations Toolkits and Handbooks It also collects key documents produced by the European Institutions and has a directory of existing Strategies to End Homelessness and gives information about Collective Complaints it has launched
FEANTSA History 1985 – 12 countries participated in the first European Seminar on Poverty and Homlessness in Cork, Ireland. The seminar ended with a resolution entitled Homelessness in the European Community. It made 8 main recommendations including "European funding for an association of organisations working with homeless people in the Member States" April 1989 – FEANTSA legally recognised
Annual Themes 1997 – Services for Homeless People 1998 – Support and Housing in Europe 1999 – Women and Homelessness in Europe 2001 – Access to Housing 2002 – Immigration and Homelessness in Europe 2003 – Co-operation and Networking to fight Homelessness 2004 – Prevention of Homelessness 2005 – Social Emergency and Crisis Intervention in Large European Cities 2006 – Health and Homelessness 2007 – Employment and Homelessness 2008 – Housing and Homelessness 2009 – Participation and Homelessness 2010 – European Consensus Conference on Homelessness 2011 – Quality in Social Services from the Perspective of Services Working with Homeless People 2012 – Migration and Homelessness 2013 – Youth Homelessness
2010 - European Consensus Conference on Homelessness Innovative policy process seeking to establish common understandings on fundamental questions about homelessness + provide basis for policy progress. Initiative of Belgian Presidency of EU Council, coorganised with European Commission. FEANTSA co-ordinated the process French Government a key partner Resources: Experts' contributions on the key questions Homelessness and Homeless Policies in Europe: Lessons from Research 2010 European Consultation of Homeless People Outcomes: Policy Recommendations of the Jury Also available in Dutch and Italian Executive summaries in all EU languages
Funding FEANTSA receives partial funding from the European Commission The rest of the funding is made up of membership fees, conference fees and grants
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