Communiqué: International Alliance to End Homelessness through Research, Policy and Practice

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Communiqué: International Alliance to End Homelessness through Research, Policy and Practice
Washington, DC
USA
March 15-18, 2011

A drastic reduction in the number of people experiencing homelessness is now a key policy priority across much of the developed world. Indeed national governments, state and provincial levels of governments, individual cities and communities, and nongovernmental organizations across many countries have mobilized themselves around a common motivation to end homelessness.

To this end 26 leaders in the areas of research, policy and practice gathered from Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America to consider ways to help each other reach our national and local goals. It is clearly an area of work where an international exchange of conceptual frameworks, sound research and evidence, as z well as practical interventions may be of benefit for at least two reasons.

  • In many countries a serious official commitment to homelessness prevention is still relatively recent, and so thinking, policies and practices may still be a little underdeveloped.
  • There is a great diversity of approaches across countries, the relative merits of which have not yet been fully tested.

On this basis and with the firm belief that “the sum of the parts is significantly greater than the whole,” we conclude that an International Alliance to End Homelessness needs to be established as soon as possible focused around the disciplines of policy, practice and research. The initial areas of focus will include:

  • Prevention of homelessness;
  • Homeless youth;
  • Strategies to combine housing and services; and
  • The relationship between homelessness and the criminal justice system.
  • It will build on existing data and research across our countries and, where possible, other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, and will facilitate and catalyse reflection and action.

    Our mission is to assist and enhance the work of national governments, local communities, and nongovernmental organizations to end homelessness through a shared passion and commitment to high quality policy, practice and research.

    We the undersigned commit ourselves to this task.

    Nan Roman
    President and CEO
    National Alliance to End Homelessness
    Washington, District of Columbia
    United States of America

    Frederik Spinnewijn
    Director
    FEANTSA
    Brussels, Belgium
    European Union

    Tim Richter
    President & CEO
    Calgary Homeless Foundation
    Calgary, Alberta
    Canada

    Michael Shapcott
    Director
    Affordable Housing and Social Innovation, The Wellesley Institute
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada

    Ian Carter
    Chief Executive Officer
    ANGLICARE WA
    Perth, Western Australia
    Australia

    Volker Busch-Geertsema
    Coordinator of the European Observatory on Homelessness
    GISS (Association for Innovative Social Research and Social Planning)
    Bremen, Germany
    European Union

    Karyn Walsh
    Coordinator
    Micah Projects Inc.
    Brisbane, Queensland
    Australia

    Jeremy Swain
    Chief Executive
    Thames Reach
    London, United Kingdom
    European Union

    Felicity Reynolds
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mercy Foundation
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Australia

    Jenny Edwards
    Chief Operating Officer
    Homeless Link
    London, United Kingdom
    European Union

    David Wertheimer
    Deputy Director
    Pacific Northwest Initiative, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Seattle, Washington
    United States of America

    Roseanne Haggerty
    President
    Common Ground National
    New York City, New York
    United States of America

    Roch Hurtubise
    Directeur du département
    Département de service social, Université de Sherbrooke
    Sherbrooke, Quebec
    Canada

    Suzanne Fitzpatrick
    Professor of Housing and Social Policy
    Hariot-Watt University
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    European Union

    Stephen Gaetz
    Director
    Canadian Homelessness Research Network, York University
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada

    Eoin O’Sullivan
    European Observatory on Homelessness
    Brussels, Belgium
    European Union

    Hal Pawson
    Professor
    Hariot-Watt University
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    European Union

    Marcia Nelson
    Deputy Minister
    Housing and Urban Affairs
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Canada

    Phil Brown
    First Vice President
    Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada

    Dennis Culhane
    Professor of Social Policy
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    United States of America

    David MacKenzie
    Associate Professor, Institute for Social Research
    Swinburne University
    Hawthorn, Victoria
    Australia

    Andrew Hollows
    Deputy Executive Director
    Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia