FEANTSA Online Conference Week
5-9 October 2020

Registrations open mid-September


Due to Covid19 we were forced to postpone our annual conference until June 2021. While we are looking forward to bringing our members and wider network together to discuss solutions, policies, research and evidence to prevent and end homelessness in Europe, we also wanted to bring our network together online in 2020. Covid19 has had a enormous impact on the capacity of our members to deliver services while socially distancing with the added impact of a demand for services as the economic impact of Coronavirus becomes clearer we believe it is important to provide a platform to discuss the latest developments and interventions in our sector.

From the 5-9 October 2020 FEANTSA will host three webinars every day at 10.00, 11.30 & 15.00 CET. Each webinar will last on hour. You can find all the webinars listed below. 

FEANTSA members have priority access to register for our conference. Each webinar has 500 places available which are distributed on a first come first served basis.

Mon, Oct 5,  10:00 AM
Preventing Homelessness by Preventing Rental Evictions

The private rental market has become an alternative for low income groups in the absence of social housing. At the same time, rental evictions have become a more noticeable cause of homelessness in many European countries. This workshop will explore tools at the disposal of service providers to both prevent evictions and support tenancy sustainment and services that support people once they have been evicted to help them exit homelessness.

- Bernard Rorke, European Roma Research Centre, Hungary
- Steffen Schäfer, City of Karlsruhe, Germany

Mon, Oct 5, 11:30 AM
LGBTIQ Homelessness

2019 was a landmark year for FEANTSA’s work on LGBTIQ homelessness. With our first study session devoted to the topic and a research study conducted on to understand the challenges faced by homeless services to better support LGBTIQ youth has led to an improved understanding of how services can better respond to LGBTIQ youth homelessness. This workshop will share a combination of research from FEANTSA’s study on LGBTIQ homelessness across Europe and the findings from Focus Ireland research on how LGBTIQ youth navigate homelessness services in Ireland. The workshops will wrap up with an example from France/Italy on how services are adapting to the needs of LGBTIQ.

-Frederic Gal & Clare Hart, Le Refuge, France
-Mike Allen, Focus Ireland, Ireland


Mon, Oct 5, 03.00 PM
Asylum Seekers & Refugees - Insights from the 5th Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe

The 5th Annual Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe examines the latest homelessness and housing exclusion data, assessing EU countries' capacity to adequately house their population. It has taken reception and accommodation conditions for asylum seekers and refugees as the thematic focus for 2020. This workshop will provide an overview of the key findings of the report and how homeless services are responding to the reception crisis, followed by a discussion with representatives from national and European levels.

-Dominika Spyratou,  Solidarity Now, Greece
-Antoine Savary, Deputy Head of Unit Legal Migration & Integration, DG Home, European Commission

Tue, Oct 6, 10:00 AM
Daring Housing Solutions

In 2019 & 2020 the Housing Solutions Platform with the support of an expert steering committee compiled 50 innovative practices to deliver affordable housing solutions. This workshop will provide an overview of some of the interesting practices identified and the implications/relevance for homeless services including the role of social housing companies and looking at the impact of social rental agencies in 5 central and eastern European countries.

- Michael Newey, Group Chief Executive, Homes for Cathy, UK
- Hanna Szemzo & Ester Somogyi, Homelab Project, Metropolitan Research Institute, Hungary

Tue, Oct 6, 11:30 AM
Homelessness Among EU Mobile Citizens Working Poor

One of the findings of FEANTSA EU legal fitness checks in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom is that it can be quite challenging for mobile EU citizens working poor engaged in precarious and atypical jobs to be considered as “workers”. To be considered a “worker”, thus economically active, is paramount to access residence rights and therefore social benefits. The EU case law does not define any criteria concerning a minimum number of hours or minimum pay but, in reality, public authorities often apply threshold below which mobile EU citizens are not considered as workers and are consequently more vulnerable to destitution and homelessness. The seminar will present some of these cases, including the legal fitness check from Sweden.

-Martin Enquist-Källgren & Fabrizio Vittoria, Momentius LPA, Sweden
-Mauro Striano, Bruss'Help, Belgium

Tue, Oct 6, 03:00 PM
Shifting Mindsets from the Staircase Model to Housing First

Housing First has become a popular intervention to support people experiencing homelessness and in recent years a huge focus has been placed on shifting services from the staircase model to housing led or housing first systems. With many services having undergone this transition what are the key challenges? What have we learned? And what does this mean for services interested in the shift? The workshop will present the mind shift which has undergone in Poland, Spain & Slovakia in how Housing First has been implemented.

-Jakub Wilczek, Polish National Federation for Solving the Problem of Homelessness, Poland
-Vanesa Cenjor, Hogar Si, Spain

Wed, Oct 7, 10:00 AM
Women's Homelessness

Successful interventions to combat women’s homelessness requires a specific focus on the unique needs of women who experience homelessness. This workshop will explore how two different countries respond to these unique needs. From Italy participants will learn how Psychologically Informed Environments were implemented to support women in shelters and from Germany participants will learn about federal and local policies targeted at municipal housing and social policies to provide adequate services to women in emergency situations.

- Maria Lusia Ponetlli, Bethany Diocesan Association, Italy
- Sabine Bosing, BAG Wohnungslosenhilfe, Germany

Wed, Oct 7, 03:00 PM
Coalition Building to End Youth Homelessness

In the past two years we have seen an increase in the number of coalitions to end youth homelessness in Europe. They have grown as a direct response to the structural barriers creating youth homelessness and preventing young people from exiting homelessness. This workshop will examine the impact and change these coalitions have achieved.

- An Rommel, A Way Home Antwerp, Belgium
- Sabrina Gallela, A Way Home Scotland, Rock Trust, Scotland

Thur, October 10, 10:00 AM
Social Enterprises & Homelessness

In this webinar we will look at the impact and value of social enterprises in the homelessness sector. This webinar will provide an overview and analysis of social enterprise models, linked to the forthcoming European action plan on homelessness. There will also be a presentation from Spielen Hilft, a social enterprise in Germany which provides an escape room experience simulating the experience of homelessness.

- Donna Wendt, Spielen Hilft, Germany
- Robbie Stakelum, FEANTSA, Belgium

Thur, October 10, 11.30 AM
Covid19 & Homelessness 

Covid19 has presented many unexpected challenges to homeless services. While countries move in and out of lockdowns and quarantines services face new challenges to supporting people experiencing homelessness. This webinar will hear from a medical professional leading the response on Covid19 for people experiencing homelessness in Dublin and a service provider on the frontlines to discuss their approach.

- Dr. Austin O'Carroll, Safety Net, Ireland
- Speaker to be confirmed


Fri, Oct 9, 10:00 AM
Child & Family Homelessness

Family homelessness is rising in Europe, often accompanied with young children traditional homeless services are not adequately designed for young families. With children living in poverty growing the EU is considering plans for a Child Guarantee. This workshop will focus on how services and a child guarantee can support child and family homelessness.

-Hana Kosan, Kings of the Street, Slovenia
-Speaker to be Confirmed, DG Employment, European Commission,
-Clotilde Clark-Foulquier, FEANTSA, Belgium

Fri, Oct 9, 11:30 AM
Housing First for Youth

Youth homelessness is rising in most EU countries and Housing First for Youth has grown as an intervention to support young people experiencing homelessness. This workshop will provide an overview of research and evidence specific to Housing First for Youth services to demonstrate the effectiveness of this youth-oriented solution.

-Debs Quilgar, University of York, UK
-Melanie Schmidt, Voorzitter Housing First Nederland , Kwartiermaker Housing First bij, Limor Netherlands

Fri, Oct 9 03:00 PM
Using European Funds to Combat Homelessness

European funds can be a valuable source of financing for combatting homelessness at national level. This workshop will shine a light on how countries have organised their European funds to combat homelessness and provide insights in how to work with your national managing authority to use European funds to combat homelessness.

-Caterina Cortese, fio.PSD, Italy
-Dominika Spyratou,  Solidarity Now, Greece