Venice Homelessness Policy
The overall aim of the City of Venice (Italy) is to build a more comprehensive integrated network of interventions targeted to making and maintain contact with people who are homeless, in a state of extreme poverty or temporarily in difficult situations.
In particular, the city proposes to:
- activate and / or enhance existing measures in the homeless support network (guaranteed reception services at various levels);
- build and strengthen outreach work, placing and caring for homeless people;
- tailor support to individuals’ needs and allow service users access to the social opportunities available;
- enable active participation of all stakeholders and partners in the development of social policies in favour of the target population;
- promote the solidarity of the local community.
A "Citizens Round Table" on Homeless Services, coordinated by the City of Venice, has also been set up. It aims to promote and strengthen coordination between public services, third sector workers and local volunteers.
The city of Venice is a member of the HOME04 partnership (2010-2011). The partnership was set up by the Junta of Andalusia and co-funded under the Interregional Cooperation programme (INTERREG IVC), to exchange information on e-inclusion and homelessness. Other partners include the Andalusia Public Foundation for Social Integration and Assistance, the City of Seville, Andalusia Health Services, the City of Granada and the Employment Agency Södermaln of the Stockholm region. See more here.
The project will analyse and develop integrated policies with a local focus promoting the participation of homeless people by developing and using ICT to improve care and promote inclusion. After a launch meeting in February 2010, the partnership had a first study visit in Granada on 19 June 2010, which focused on themes such as women and homelessness, mental health, healthcare, housing and employment. The next study visit will take place in Venice in October 2010.