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Forty partner organisations across 11 European cities improved lives for hundreds of people through our European End Street Homelessness Campaign during 2021. Details of their work and achievements are highlighted in our Impact Report 2021, published today, Monday 28 March, which outlines how the campaign grew from strength to strength. We welcomed new members from across Europe, including partners from a range of different housing contexts – all with the same vision – a world free of street homelessness.

The report, in particular, highlights our work with new partners located in Croatia, Hungary and Portugal – who are all facing a housing crisis. World Habitat welcomes these new partners into the campaign, as we begin a long-term partnership with them – focusing our resource on where the housing need is greatest.

In Croatia our new partners – the Croatia Network for the Homeless – work in the city of Zagreb (and across the country) to build an evidence base for housing solutions.

In Hungary, a country where street homelessness is criminalised, we worked with 2020 Bronze World Habitat Award Winner Utcáról Lakásba! Egyesület (From Streets to Homes Association) to develop a social housing handbook, in order that their model may be rolled out across the country.

In Lisbon, our lead partner CRESCER continues to develop their award-winning employability projects, while delivering over 100 Housing First units for people experiencing, or at risk of, chronic homelessness in the city and neighbouring areas.

In 2021 we continued to support our long-standing campaign partners, through a package of online knowledge exChange activities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Through this programme of support, we ensured that our campaign partners continued to learn and share good practice despite the complexities of travel restrictions, lockdowns and ever changing local and national responses. It has been a challenging year for many, most of all for those without a home, and we were proud to grow our Innovation Fund programme to enable World Habitat to stimulate and support small-scale pilot projects across the campaign.

Key figures from 2021 include:

  • 439 people placed into long-term sustainable accommodation across campaign partners’ cities;
  • 40 organisations – across eleven campaign cities – participated in the World Habitat online knowledge exChange programme;
  • over 330k individuals and organisations reached by our ‘Working Together to #EndStreetHomelessness’ social media campaign on World Homeless Day;
  • co-authored a report entitled ‘Homeful – Exploring housing-led approaches to resolve and prevent homelessness’ for the Chartered Institute of Housing Presidency;
  • World Habitat added our voice to housing campaigns in UK and Hungary focused on ensuring the right to housing for all.

Patrick Duce, Programme Lead (Homelessness), said:

“Despite the challenges faced by World Habitat in 2021, I am delighted to present our latest Impact Report, which outlines our achievements in the last year. Despite the adversity of operating an international programme throughout a continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important we don’t lose sight of the wider housing crisis that continues in Europe. For those without a place to call home, housing injustice remains a life and death issue. For the NGOs and others working ‘on the ground’ that provide vital support services, this year has also been one of immense uncertainty and challenge.

“I am nevertheless proud to highlight just some of the impacts of our work in 2021, and to share how we have grown the campaign to new areas of Europe, with new, exciting and committed housing advocates. I want to extend a huge ‘thank-you’ to all our partners for their commitment and resilience as we all continue to work together to end street homelessness in our communities for good.”

The full report is available as a free download here

To find out more about the incredible work taking place to end street homelessness across Europe, sign up to our campaign e-bulletin.

Image: CRESCER, Lisbon, Portugal


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