26 Jun 2020
Events by UIA Secretariat

Cities engaging in the right to housing - Web conference #2 - No one left behind

Cities engaging in the right to housing - No one left behind Web conference
Today, more European cities and social movements are calling governments at all levels to take responsibility for reaffirming housing as a right and not as a commodity. They are also showing the way by trying out concrete actions to implement the right to housing. This web conference #2 was dedicated to housing exclusion, focussing on vulnerabilities related to homelessness and migration. At least 700 000 people are homeless any given night in the EU, 70% more than a decade ago. In addition, the current COVID-19 emergency shows how essential housing is, considering to that many people cannot access secure, safe home, or are at risk of housing difficulties loosing jobs and working opportunities.

The online event offered a sneak preview of 2020 Report on Housing Exclusion in Europe, co-written by FEANTSA and Fondation Abbé Pierre and featured city cases that directly tackle housing exclusion and discrimination, providing a practical response on the ground. It also looked at opportunities at EU level to invest in the provision of adequate housing.
Building on the experience of UIA and URBACT cities, the EU urban agenda partnerships, practitioners and experts, this web conference was the second of a series on the role of cities in working to implement this fundamental right. The online event was designed as an interactive exchange bringing experienced voices, exploring municipal-led initiatives and looking at innovative solutions to tackle the challenges of homelessness and immigration. The outcomes of this webinar built directly on the European Urban Agenda Partnerships on affordable housing work, on urban poverty and on inclusion of Migrants and Refugees and will feed the set of actions and recommendations in terms of better knowledge among cities, also aiming at pushing the agenda on the right to housing EU wide.

Read more about it in the introductory paper!

The full video of the web conference is now available on the UIA and URBACT Youtube channels















Download the presentation here and the transcript of the Q&A here!
















Moderation: Laura Colini, UIA & URBACT expert








10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and introduction

10:05 - 10:15

2020 Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe: 1st dialogue on key findings
Abbé Pierre Foundation – FEANTSA annual report

10:15 - 10:25

From managing homelessness to eradicating homelessness – lessons from Ghent (BE), Patricia Vanderbauwhede, Lead Partner of URBACT ROOF Network

10:25 - 10:45

Panel 1 - discussion on tackling homelessness:

10 :45-10 :55

Q&A with the audience

10:55 - 11:05

2020 Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe: 2d dialogue on key findings
Abbé Pierre Foundation – FEANTSA annual report

11:05 - 11:15

Empowering refugees and migrants in limbo state to ignite housing affordability – lessons from Athens (EL), Antigone Kotadini, coordinator of UIA project Curing the Limbo

11:15 - 11:40

Panel 2 – discussion on how to address housing exclusion of migrants

  • Meric Ozgunes, Thessaloniki (EL), ROOF and Arrival Cities URBACT networks
  • Jolien De Crom, Antwerp (BE), UIA CURANT project
  • Thomas Lacroix, CNRS research fellow, former Migrinter deputy director

11:40 - 11:50

Q&A with the audience

11:50 - 12:00

Housing exclusion, an European perspective - Closing remarks








Explore the UIA Knowledge Lab and the housing web page to find out more about UIA experiences in this area. 








Stay tuned to UIA social media @UIA_Initiative to find more about the next housing web conference to come on Fair Finance!








These web conferences are part of the joint UIA-URBACT knowledge activity. Any questions? Get in touch a.cousin@uia-initiative.eu / a.fauvel@urbact.eu








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