The global aim of HOME_EU is to provide a comprehensive understanding on how the Europeans stakeholders perceive, tolerate and confront the inequality.

We aim to understand how persistent Homelessness disrupts individual´s, basic liberties and equality aspirations, and to find the best solution to tackle this phenomenon.

The Capabilities Approach provides a framework that will be used to generate data and practical guidelines to promote social justice with a focus on service effectiveness and policy guidance for innovation.

We will examine how the experiences of homeless services users (both current and past; both Housing First and other services) are shaped by the homelessness-related values, beliefs, priorities, and practices service providers that support them, by national public policies that direct services, and by the citizens who shape public policy.

To achieve this aim, HOME_EU will compile data from diversified sources: citizens, service users and providers and policy actors to understand how this phenomenon is accepted or not across partner member states, and to highlight effective solutions.

METHODS

  • A survey on the EU citizens’ opinion on homelessness will be held through interviews among a representative sample of EU Citizens.
  • We will give priority to the voices of homeless persons through quantitative and qualitative interviews.
  • Personal reports and narratives among Service providers and Service users are aimed to provide a broader understanding on why some people are persistently “left behind” on the mainstream social policies, and concrete services provided.
  • Documental analysis of Public Policies to confront homelessness and semi-structured interviews to key-stakeholders.
  • Convergent analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to understand similarities and differences of partner countries in terms of long-term homelessness and the capacity to intervene and reverse unfairness.
  • All these will be used to generate multilevel-data, using Hierarchical Linear Modelling (Citizens; People with Experience; Service Providers; Policy Actors) within a nested design organized by partner country.

EXPECTED IMPACTS

The main ambition of HOME_EU is to provide an integrated perspective on long-term homelessness from the general (citizens’ perspectives) to the particular (people with lived experiences of homelessness, current and past).

The comparative analysis that will result from this Project will have a transnational effect on Homeless social policies and organizational strategies to reverse the social inequality associated with long-term homelessness.

The ultimate aim of this project is to develop a foundation from which we can promote the mainstreaming of Housing First Model as the next generation of social policies and practices for ending homelessness in Europe.

A critical output of this Project is the development of tools and practical guidelines for interventions and concrete initiatives to tackle homelessness, for policy and services.

These guidelines are expected to be generalizable and applicable throughout all the European countries.

Gender Sensitivity, Inclusion, and Representation. Because of the importance of gendered processes and gender discrimination to understanding and reversing long-term homelessness, it is important to the Consortium a particular expertise in this area which will be integrated in the investigation and analysis processes.