Mapping trends and policies to tackle homelessness in Europe


Eszter Zólyomi


Magdi Birtha, Michael Fuchs, Ricardo Rodrigues, Cassandra Simmons, Anette Scoppetta, Leonard Geyer, Veronica Sandu


The project aimed to provide a comparative assessment of national policies within corresponding social and health systems that are crucial for preventing and addressing homelessness. Focusing on a limited group of European countries and building on a rights-based approach to tackling homelessness, the research looked at the extent to which states are upholding the right to housing and ensure access to affordable housing, social support and health care. Specific attention was paid to policies and services targeting older people, persons with mental health problems and persons with addiction problems.


  • To map policies and legislation, implementing procedures and resources as well as outcomes that are relevant in the context of homelessness
  • To develop a framework with multiple policy domains and matching indicators that will enable the monitoring and review of countries’ performance in preventing and combating homelessness
  • To analyse and compare the results for selected European countries
  • To identify gaps in related policy and data and provide recommendations for EU and national level policy-makers


  • Desk research
  • Expert and stakeholder consultation


  • Review of academic and grey literature and consultation with experts and stakeholders from the areas of homelessness and housing exclusion
  • Multi-dimensional framework with indicators to assess and monitor policies for a selected group of European countries
  • Comparative analysis and final report

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