Sustainable & safe housing for people fleeing the war in Ukraine – the Safe Homes Initiative's role

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In light of the European Commission´s launch of the Safe Homes Guidance, the Housing Solutions Platform, is organizing an online debate to get a better understanding of the initiative and how it actually responds to the housing needs of the refugees fleeing Ukraine. Experts from both European and grassroot levels together with representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament will reflect on opportunities and risks linked to the provision of private accommodation and will discuss what further EU-level support is possible and needed for long term housing solutions, beyond private accommodation.


10:00 – 10:45 Panel 1 – Understanding the Safe Homes Initiative

10.00 – 10:05 Introduction and moderation - Simona Barbu, FEANTSA Policy Officer

10:05 – 10:25 Presentation of Safe Homes Initiative - European Commission, DG HOME, Katerina Dimitrakopoulou, Head of Sector in the Legal Pathways and Integration unit

10.25 – 10:45 Good practices & lessons learnt: Developing innovative tools and cross sectoral partnerships to support Europeans who are making their homes available to refugees. Practices from Slovakia and Ireland: Slovakia - Lucia Pašková, ‘ktopomozeukrajine’ online initiative for housing refugees from Ukraine (TBC); Ireland - Ara Trianes Salguero Head of Services and Elizabeth Peña Director of Services, Peter McVerry Trust

10:45 – 10:55 Q&A

10:55 – 11:40 Panel 2 – debate on opportunities and risks linked to private accommodation and solutions for long term housing

Moderation: Freek Spinnewijn, Director of FEANTSA


Alice Pittini, Research Director, Housing Europe

Katarzyna Przybylska, Senior Advocacy Manager at Habitat for Humanity, Poland

Ave Lauren, Migration Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Pierre Verbeeren, President of Bruss’Help and Ukraine Coordinator for Brussels Government and the Cocom, Belgium

11:40 – 11:50 Q&A

11:50 - 12:00 Conclusions:

Sorcha Edwards, Secretary-General, Housing Europe

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