What is HABITACT?

HABITACT is a European exchange forum on local homeless strategies. It was launched with the support of FEANTSA (European federation of national organisations working with homeless people) in June 2009 by a core group of cities to develop European cooperation between local social policy administrations on tacking homelessness.

HABITACT was established in response to growing interest and demand for information on homelessness from local authorities across Europe. Support from the European Commission and patronage from the European Committee of the Regions will serve to further build cooperation to make progress on tackling homelessness.


EU Context

The European Commission presented a Communication on a "Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion" (SIP) on the 20th February 2013. The SIP analyses the social situation in Europe and sets out social priorities for the EU and European Member States. The package calls on Member States to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states, and offers guidance to Member States on how best to use EU financial support to implement the outlined objectives. It emphasises homelessness as a priority for smart social investment. This new policy framework should stimulate Member States to do better on homelessness and reinforce the EU’s support and co-ordination in this area. In October 2013, the Committee of the Regions adopted an opinion on the Social Investment Package which makes strong references to the need for transnational cooperation between cities on the issue of homelessness.


Key dates

24-25 October: HABITACT steering group meeting in Bergamo, Italy (alongside FEANTSA annual policy conference)

10-11 April 2014: HABITACT annual peer review hosted by the city of Athens

16 January 2014: European Parliament asks question to the European Commission about funding networks like HABITACT and FEANTSA under the EaSI programme.

8 November 2013: FEANTSA annual conference "Investing in young people to prevent a lost generation: policy and practice in addressing youth homelessness" (Prague)

7 November 2013: HABITACT "Open Space" from 6-7pm (Prague)

20 September 2013: Housing First, What's Second? European research conference on homelessness (Berlin)

13-14 June 2013: Final conference of Housing First Europe (Amsterdam)

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