European Research Webinar: What is the new role of the private sector in homeless accommodation?

5th of May 2023, 14h to 16h


There has been increasing privatisation and marketisation of wider European social and housing policy, which has mainstreamed the idea of private sector activity in areas that include homelessness. Debates about private sector involvement can be polarized, with the private sector and free market seen as efficient or as socially destructive and exploitative. Public debates and political concerns about the use of private sector temporary accommodation tend to focus on the potential consequences of the financialization of accommodation and housing for homeless people, high prices for substandard services and the (in)efficient use of public resources. The webinar will present the recent report of the European Observatory on Homelessness on the private sector and emergency and temporary accommodation in Europe and discuss the different roles of the private sector and the consequences of its use in Spain and Ireland.


Nicholas Pleace, University of York, Centre for Housing Policy: The private sector and emergency and temporary accommodation in Europe

Presentation of selected countries

  • Albert Sales, Universitat Pompeu Fabra: Case of Spain
  • Eoin O’Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin: Case of Ireland

The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience on the experiences in various countries, trends and their relevance for the homeless sector.

Moderated by: Maša Filipovič Hrast, University of Ljubljana

Details for participation will be published soon. 

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