As the COVID-19 crisis strikes, the need to adequately house homeless people and vulnerable groups is more urgent than ever. In view of this challenge, the Housing Solutions Platform proposes a dive into its 50 Out-of-the-Box Housing Solutions to Homelessness and Housing Exclusion to explore some of its replicable solutions through an online series of trainings aimed at local authorities and NGOs. Once a month, join the conversation, meet the project managers and learn more about some of the selected projects selected. How was the project set up, what were the obstacles, how were they overcome, and what are ways to mobilise decision makers?
Our first training looked at how Christian communities come together to address housing exclusion, and how they mobilise local communities and institutions. We were joined by representatives from two of the selected projects: Bethléem (Belgium) and the Scottish Churches Housing Action (UK), as well as Björn Mallants from the Flemish Association of Social Housing Providers, representing HSP Partner Housing Europe, and Orane Lamas, representing HSP Partner Fondation Abbé Pierre.
SCHA is a partnership between the main Christian denominations and organisations in Scotland. Their purpose is to support and encourage the contribution of all of Scotland's churches, in their local communities, to realising the vision of a Scotland free of homelessness.
Brussels-based Project Bethléem was launched in response to a request from Cardinal Danneels to address the city's social housing shortage.
In case you missed it, you can catch the webinar in full below:
You can access SCHA's presentation here and Bethléem's presentation here.