City Training: 'Measuring homelessness in Europe'

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La Strada, Support center for the homeless sector for the Brussels Region, is organising a Training School 'City counts in Europe' in collaboration with the research institutes of Budapest, Bratislava and Basel.

Cities all want to tackle homelessness, but for the problem to be resolved, it must also be measured and understood. To allow city representatives to develop their competence in this area, COST is holding a three day training in Brussels, from 25-27 September, with an optional field trip on 24 September.

The training will focus on methodologies for measuring homelessness at city level.

This training school has a strong scientific and societal orientation: practical and methodological expertise will be shared between the organisers and the participants:

  • Discussing fundamental questions about measuring: how to identify homeless people, how to collect data on the different forms of homelessness: e.g. rough sleepers, sofa surfers and users of night shelters or hostels, and how to aggregate the results
  • Sharing knowledge concerning the practical organisation of a count: developing a questionnaire, creation of maps, preventing double counts; communication with the stakeholders
  • Examples and lessons learnt from city counts in Budapest, Brussels, Bratislava and Basel

To register, please email with a short (max. 1000 characters) explanation of your motivation.

For more information, including programme and detailed overview of the sessions, please se the attached pdf.

To learn more about COST and their action to tackle homelessness visit:

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