In order to facilitate in-depth discussions between local civil servants on homeless policy-making, HABITACT organises peer reviews. The peer review method takes a local strategy or project or approach as the starting point for European exchanges on local homeless policy-making.
- In 2010, the city of Amsterdam hosted a HABITACT peer review on its local homelessness strategy.
- In 2011, the city of Gothenburg hosted a HABITACT peer review on its Housing First model to tackle homelessness.
- In 2012, the city of Ghent hosted a HABITACT peer review on the housing dimensions of its homelessness model, including Social Rental Agencies.
- In 2013, the city of Dublin hosted a HABITACT peer review on its "Pathway to Home" model.
Dublin - 2013
The fourth HABITACT peer review in the series was hosted by the City of Dublin on 4 and 5 April 2013. Themes discussed included reconfiguring homelessness services, integrating housing with other support, the impact of person-centred delivery on services and users, selecting key objectives for a homelessness policy, showing economic value of investment in homelessness, consolidating support models, preparing guidance of services on access to social welfare for homeless migrants, etc.
Peer review series
For each peer review organised by HABITACT, we commission a Discussion Paper by an independent expert. The paper describes the local policy model in detail, highlights challenges and strengths of the model, and proposes key questions for peer review.