FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 3rd Edition 2021

Presented at the high-level conference of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Combatting Homelessness - A Priority for our Social Europe

21 June 2021

On the 21st of June FEANTSA will announce the Gold, Silver and Bronze prize winners of our Ending Homelessness Awards 3rd Edition. The awards aim to identify, promote and celebrate three projects that have made the most inspiring use of European funds (European Social Fund (ESF), the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), and/or the European Regional Development Fund) to tackle homelessness.

The awards ceremony, which will be held during the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union's high-level conference: Combatting Homelessness - A Priority for our Social Europe, will provide an occassion to celebrate the projects and to learn a little more about what they have achieved. European leaders will gather at the high-level conference to sign the Lisbon Declaration on Combatting Homelessness and launch the European Platform on Combatting Homelessness. The three winning projects of the FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards will also therefore be a source of inspiration for the activities of the platform and to leaders from across Europe.

Details to register for the high-level conference Combatting Homelessness - A Priority for our Social Europe (for the entire day or the awards ceremony only) will soon be available here.

Using European Funds to Tackle Homelessness

Local, regional and national authorities have primary responsibility for funding measures to address homelessness. However, EU funds can play a transformative role by acting as a lever for the improvement of policies and services. The Awards were launched in 2017 with the first edition focusing on the European Social Fund (ESF). The 2018 Awards focused on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). This year the Awards reflect the use of the ESF, the FEAD and the European Regional Development Fund.  

2020, the year in which FEANTSA launched its Ending Homelessness Awards 3rd Edition, was a milestone year as it was the last of the 2014 - 2020 financial framework. As Member States and the European Commission gear up to the 2021 - 2027 funding period, there is a fresh chance to put the relevant EU funds to work to improve the way homelessness is addressed in Europe.

Find out more about how EU funds can be used in the fight against homelessness:

The Ending Homelessness Awards: present and past

The winning projects have been selected by an independent jury of experts representing stakeholders from civil society, EU institutions and national/regional Managing Authorities. They will be promoted at EU-level, including in a dedicated Handbook on Ending Homelessness and accompanying video which will be published on the day of the awards and in the week following. You can find the Handbooks and videos from past years' awards below:

We hope the awards will inspire more and better take-up of the European funds for tackling homelessness and contribute to building a post-2020 framework that really delivers on the commitment to leave no one behind by striving to end homelessness.