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Ending Homelessness in Central and Eastern Europe: Making the shift to a housing-led system

 The Budapest Institute and the Metropolitan Research Institute were tasked with assessing the feasibility of expanding housing-led and housing-first programs in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), with a specific focus on Croatia, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

First, the comparative report identifies a series of structural challenges that impede progress in addressing homelessness in the region. These barriers, rooted in historical, institutional, political, and economic factors, have significant implications for the development of effective housing-led policies.

Through interviews with experts and practitioners in homeless services and four collaborative workshops involving stakeholders from the four countries, we created a set of recommendations

for even further moving to a housing-led system.

Besides the comparative report we also developed 4 policy briefs - one for each country - which also include a set of country-specific recommendations for various actors active in the homeless service provision.

All the outputs from the project including the 4 policy briefs both in English and in the respective national languages can be downloaded here:

Project details

The feasibility study commissioned by World Habitat was carried out in collaboration of the Metropolitan Research Institute and the Budapest Institute.

ClientWorld Habitat
Project leader Ágota Scharle
Duration06/02/2023 - 05/06/2023
study Ending Homelessness in CEE: Comparative report
summary Ending Homelessness in CEE: Executive summary
policy brief ending_homelessness_policy_briefing_magyar Ending Homelessness: Policy briefing – Hungary
policy brief ending_homelessness_policy_briefing_magyar Ending Homelessness: Policy briefing – Hungary (in Hungarian)