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Institute for Politics and Society in cooperation with Platform for Social Housing cordially invite you to a workshop "Ending Homelessness in Cities and the Prospects of Social Housing."

Homelessness is a global problem. Worldwide 1.1 billion people live in inadequate housing conditions, 100 million of them with no housing at all in urban areas. Policy and social work approaches to homelessness vary from ignoring through managing towards ending homelessness. Over the past twenty years number of novel approaches were developed and rigorously tested and promoted as evidence-based approaches to ending homelessness. Housing first is the typical example of such innovative approach which undoubtedly works across target groups and local conditions in several continents, however it still awaits to be widely accepted by policy makers, practitioners and even researchers in some countries.

The aim of this workshop is to share experiences with innovative attitudes leading to the end of homelessness from the perspective of the two Czech biggest cities. Brno and Prague will present their strategical documents  and together with state representatives will look for possibilities how this local initiatives could be supported through national legislation.

Invited Speakers:

Jan Němec, Prague Institute of Planning and Development

Štěpán Ripka, Platform for Social Housing

Vít Lesák, Center for Social Services, Brno

Linda Sokačová, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Moderator: Marie Bílková, Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic

The workshop will take place March 16, 2016 from 12:30 to 14:00 at the Prague Congress Center in  Meeting Hall I (5. května 65, 140 21 Prague 4).

The speaking language will be Czech but English translation will be arranged.