The Name on the door project carries out international cooperation by networking with actors developing the housing first principle in other Nordic countries, Europe and in the U.S. Project employees take part in international events and seminars organised on the topic bringing in information about the applications of the housing first principle in other countries and exporting the Finnish experiences of the principle. Information about the international cooperation and in general international housing first related cooperation news are found in this section.
Housing First Europe: Testing a Social Innovation in Tackling Homelessness in Different National and Local Contexts
In Europe, the relatively new housing first approach to homelessness is currently tested in a number of cities and some evaluations are going on at the local level already. Different intervention methods to re-house homeless persons with complex social and health problems have been tested and evaluated in the U.S. but a systematic evaluation has never been done in any European country before.
A European Commission (DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) evaluation and mutual exchange project called ”Housing First Europe” has recently received its financing. The project will test and evaluate housing first projects in five European cities from a European perspective during the years 2011-2013.
2nd Conference on Social Psychology, Limerick, Ireland, 28-29 April 2011
The Department of Psychology and the Centre for Social Issues Research at University of Limerick organised the second Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland (C-SPI): "A Two-Way Street: Social Issues & Social Psychological Research", between 28th-29th April 2011.
Part of the conference delt with homelessness. In the event five housing first programs from different European countries were introduced. The event continued with a round table discussion about the pros and cons of the housing first principle and its implementation. Discussion was based on the questions addressed by the audience.
National homelessness seminar, Lahti, Finland, 15th October 2010
A national homelessness seminar (Valtakunnallinen asunnottomuusseminaari) was organised by the Housing finance and development centre of Finland(ARA) and the City of Lahti.