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13 Apr

Extent and Profile of Homelessness in European Member States: A Statistical Update

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Busch-Geertsema, V., Benjaminsen, L., Filipovič Hrast, M. and Pleace, N. European Observatory of Homelessness. FEANTSA Brussels (2014)

 

This edition of FEANTSA’s European Observatory on Homelessness Comparative Research Series concerns the important issue of data collection.
Policymakers frequently justify the lack of progress in tackling homelessness on the absence of reliable data. Even if this argument is often false, it is clear that policies and practices informed by accurate data tend to be more effective. The lack of data at a European level is an obstacle to gaining recognition for the fight against homelessness as a necessary European Union (EU) priority. This report aims to help address this gap.

It is important to know how many people experience homelessness, and how that number evolves over time. But what is maybe even more relevant for policymaking is information about the changing profile of the homeless population.This report provides information on both.