Homelessness and Poverty in Europe - International and European Perspectives
FEANTSA's European Observatory on Homelessness - European Research Conference
Paris, Friday 18 September 2009
The conference focused on the intersection of dimensions of homelessness and poverty. A constant theme in research on homelessness is the role of material poverty. Poverty is cited as a crucial contributory factor, and in some cases, the key factor in causing households to enter homelessness, in maintaining their homelessness and blocking their exit from homelessness. However, a rigorous approach to identifying the precise linkages between homelessness and poverty is lacking, and is often asserted rather than demonstrated.
This important research conference was aimed at researchers in the area of homelessness, representatives from homeless organisations, policy makers and other interested parties, and was a unique opportunity for transnational exchange and networking on the theme of governance.
Professor Marybeth Shinn (Professor of Human and Organizational Development Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, Nashville, USA) - International Perspectives on Poverty, Social Exclusion, and Homelessness
Nicholas Pleace and Deborah Quilgars (Centre for Housing Policy, University of York) - Family Homelessness in England: Results of a National Survey
Professor Julien Damon (Institute for Political Studies, Paris) - Homelessness: the French situation in a European perspective
Seminar 1: Work, Homelessness and Poverty
Michela Braga (University of Milan) - Homelessness and Labour Force Participation. Evidence from an Original Data Collection in Italy
Ralph Nunez (Institute for Children and Poverty, New York) - Association between Social and Economic Factors and Homelessness and Housing Instability: Evidence from the United States
Catherine Boswell (Cardiff Metropolitan University) - Routes out of Poverty and Isolation for Older Homeless People: A Comparative Study between Poland and the UK
Seminar 2: Resilience, Homelessness and Poverty
Pedro Jose Cabrera (Universidad Comillas, Madrid), Rosario Sanchez Morales (UNED) and Manuel Munoz (Universidad Complutense, Madrid) - Researching Homelessness: An Opportunity to Increase Social Consciousness and to Strengthen Social Networks
Sonia Mairos Nogueira (University of Coimbra) - "Who is going to help me?" Developing counseling strategies with (not only for) homeless people
Katja Johannessen (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research),and Maja Flato - Adjusting to Homelessness
Seminar 3: Housing, Homelessness and Poverty
Simon Hoffman (Swansea University) and Peter Mackie (Shelter Cymru) - Social Housing and Anti-social Behaviour: Social Housing, the Compounded Disadvantage of the Social Tenant, and Homelessness
Tony Warnes, Maureen Crane and Sarah Coward (University of Sheffield) - Coping on Marginal Incomes: Homeless People who are Rehoused
Maryse Marpsat (Insee, Ined, Eris/CMH) and Gael de Peretti (Genes, Cepe) - Living in a Home after a Homeless PeriodSeminar 4: Migration, Homelessness and Poverty
Seminar 4 - Migration, Homelessness and Poverty
Stefan Kessler (Jesuit Refugee Service Europe) - Homeless in a foreign country: Destitute forced migrants
Aristides Sapounakis (University of Thessaly) - The Early Stages in the Life of Economic Immigrants in Greece: a Case of Extreme Conditions of Poverty and Homelessness
Guillem Fernandez (Associacio ProHabitatge and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) - The Welfare Space: Looking at Homelessness from the Human Needs
Seminar 5: Debt, Homelessness and Poverty
Eoin O' Broin and Patrick Nulty (Focus Ireland) - Poverty and Homelessness - exploring the links in an Irish context
Sten-Ake Stenberg (Stockholm University) and Igor van Laere (GGD Municipal Public Health Service Amsterdam, the Netherlands) - Evictions a Hidden Social Problem: Comparative evidence from Modern Welfare States
Seminar 6: Homelessness and Poverty: National Case Studies
Lynette Sikic-Micanovic (Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb) - Homelessness in Croatia
Svetlana Stephenson (London Metropolitan University) - Homelessness and Social Displacement in Russia
Sirkka-Liisa Karkainen (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland) - One person households with low incomes - a growing challenge for Finnish housing policy and social policy.
The Conference was organised by FEANTSA's European Observatory on Homelessness in collaboration with the European Network of Housing Research Working Group on Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Social Exclusion with the support of SciencesPo and the European Commission. FEANTSA is financially supported by the European Commission under PROGRESS.