World Habitat is an international charity, made up of a dedicated team based in the UK who work with people all over the world to make positive action happen. Now, they are delighted to share the European End Street Homelessness Campaign’s first Impact Report, which outlines the successes and challenges of the first three years of this campaign – a network of cities sharing experiences to tackle street homelessness in their local areas.

The campaign was set up in 2015 to help cities end street homelessness. It is now a network of European city campaigns, mobilising thousands of local community members and challenging established ways of working that have previously failed people experiencing homelessness.

From Bratislava to Barcelona and from Glasgow to Brussels, this Impact Report outlines the key outcomes from a campaign that is delivered across 12 very different campaign cities across Europe. Centred around the key principles of the Campaign, this report details the successes of this approach, case studies of individuals supported, as well as some of the more challenging areas of learning.

 In summary, this Campaign has:

  • set up a network of 12 European city campaigns;
  • trained and mobilised 2836 volunteers;
  • completed 2654 surveys of people experiencing homelessness;
  • moved 344 street homeless people into permanent accommodation; and
  • developed 163 units of Housing First accommodation.

This Campaign was inspired by two World Habitat Award winners – 100,000 Homes in the USA (2013) and Y-Foundation in Finland (2014). Both of these projects successfully merged strong community action, improved data collection and championed Housing First to significantly reduce rough sleeping. The majority of the campaign cities have had no additional funding to carry out their campaigns, yet have all delivered meaningful change through a range of activities such as the setting up of new partnerships, engaging local communities to take action and demand local policy changes, identify available housing, and develop a system-wide approach to how cities tackle homelessness.

World Habitat have provided a Support Programme to each campaign, acting as a guide for passionate campaigners to continue their drive and passion for change. Through a range of ongoing strategic support, city visits, peer exchanges, webinar and annual gatherings – we continue to coordinate the Campaign as it moves into the years to come. Delivering a campaign like this was a new step for World Habitat in 2015, and we’re delighted to share our collective impact with you.

A key part of our work has been bringing together people who are committed to ending street homelessness if you are interested in the Campaign or would like to hear more or share some of our learning please get in touch with World Habitat.