IAEH Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2012


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May 3, 2012

International Alliance to End Homelessness: 

Quarterly Newsletter
Thank you for subscribing! You are receiving this newsletter as an interested party in the IAEH. This newsletter includes key activities from IAEH partners about their international and national work preventing and ending homelessness.  If you have any questions about content, the IAEH, or how to submit articles for future newsletters, please do not hesitate to contact Kate Seif with the National Alliance to End Homelessness (US). 

If you are an organization with a national scope (in any country) interested in partnering and/or getting involved with IAEH, please email Kate Seif for further information!
Canada: Launch of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) was launched earlier this month with the release of A Plan, Not a Dream: How to End Homelessness in 10 Years. CAEH's mission is to create a national movement to prevent and end homelessness in Canada through the implementation of the plan. Click here to learn more about the core activities of the CAEH.  

United States: Report on Criminalization of Homelessness
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), in conjunction with the Access to Justice Initiative of the United States Department of Justice, recently released a report entitled Searching Out Solutions: Constructive Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights praised the report, suggesting that laws discriminating against those in poverty should be repealed. To view a webinar held by USICH on the report, please click here

Australia: Homelessness Researchers Conference Recap  


The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and RMIT University co-hosted the inaugural Homelessness Research Conference in Melbourne, from April 19-20, 2012. The conference attendees heard keynote presentations from international experts Professor Dennis Culhane, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania (USA), Dr. Volker Busch-Geertsema, Chair, European Observatory on Homelessness (Germany), Professor Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales (Australia) - all IAEH members. The conference provided an opportunity to focus on the latest Australian-based research on cost benefit and offsets.    


The conference concluded with an informative panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Andrew Hollows, Deputy Executive Director, AHURI Limited and IAEH member, about identifying ongoing research priorities and strengthening the link with policy and practice.  


Copies of the presentations and audio of the main sessions can be found by clicking here.  

Housing First Approaches to Homelessness Spreading in Europe

In 2011, the European Union decided to fund a partnership called Housing First Europe (HFE), set up with the support of FEANTSA and HABITACT to research Housing First and facilitate inter-country learning. HFE is testing and evaluating Housing First projects in five cities (Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Lisbon), hoping to clarify the potential, limits, and essential elements of the approach. Five "peer sites" are also involved: Dublin, Ghent, Gothenburg, Helsinki, and Vienna. HFE will evaluate intermediate results in September and a final conference in June 2013 will present the conclusions.


In March 2012, FEANTSA co-organized, with the French Permanent Representation to the EU, a workshop on "Housing First: A Key Element of European Homelessness Strategies," bringing together government representatives from several countries. At this event, Finland and France presented their national Housing First strategies. Finland is into the second phase of its program to eliminate long-term homelessness (see article below). The French homelessness strategy involves 10 pilot sites to test the effectiveness of the "Un chez soi dâ abord" ("Home First") program. A report released at the workshop gave an overview of Housing First approaches, drawing on U.S. and European examples. It examines the philosophy and operation of Pathways to Housing, Communal Housing First and Housing First Light.


Finland: Continuation of Long-Term Plan to End Homelessness
The Finnish government is planning on extending its program to end long-term homelessness in Finland, originally begun in 2008, through to 2015. 10cities with the most pressing homelessness problem were included in the program (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku, Kuopio, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Lahti, and Joensuu). Quantitative targets set for the program are about to be met, and the goal of halving homelessness will be realized in seven of the program cities. For more information on the continuation of the program, including the proposal's background memorandum and official proposal for the continuation of the plan, please click here.
Europe: Homeless in Europe Spring 2012
FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, has released its spring edition of Homeless in Europe, its magazine. The theme of the spring edition is "quality in social services from the perspective of services working with homeless people." The magazine includes articles, tools, best practices, and more about determining the quality of social services and specifically homeless services.

United States: Briefs on Chronic Homelessness  

The United States Department of Health and Human Service's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation released four new issues brief on chronic homelessness. The briefs focus on best practices linking services to housing. They include the following:
  1. Health, Housing, and Service Supports for Three Groups of People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness   
  2. Public Housing Agencies and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless People
  3. Establishing Eligibility for SSI for Chronically Homeless People  
  4. Medicaid Financing for Services in Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless People: Current Practices and Opportunities 


Canada: Resource from the Canadian Homeless Research Network

Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN)

CHRN has been busy working on a number of initiatives, which this summer will include a major revamp of the Homeless Hub to make it even more meaningful and accessible to policymakers and service providers. One key initiative that they would like to share with their international partners:


Canadian Definition of Homelessness

Until recently, Canada has lacked a national definition of homelessness. An agreed upon definition creates a common language for understanding and describing the level and nature of the problem, and a means of identifying goals, strategies, and interventions, and measuring their outcomes and progress. To this end, CHRN - working in collaboration with national, regional, and local stakeholders, including people with lived experience - has developed a Canadian Definition of Homelessness

Australia Case Study: Wintringham   
Wintringham is a program in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia run by the Aged and Community Services Australia that uses an innovative approach to address the issues of older people experiencing homelessness. Its goal is to end homelessness for the people it serves. In order to accomplish this, it has built a network of accommodation and support services throughout Melbourne with a focus on developing strong partnerships and adopting innovative services and perspectives. It also works to affect the policy environment locally, nationally, and internationally.


The International Alliance to End Homelessness (IAEH) is comprised of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from across the globe who have come together with the goal of facilitating systematic and productive sharing of information about what works to end homelessness.
The mission of the IAEH is to assist and enhance the work of national governments, local communities, and nonprofits to end homelessness through a shared passion and commitment to high-quality policy, practice, and research.

Kate Seif
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