• Pierre Reiner

Europe sleeping rough: Parliament’s plans to end homelessness

Every night, hundreds of thousands are sleeping on the streets of Europe. Omnipresent yet often ignored, the homeless embody the undeniable failure of European social systems. Definitions vary considerably, but an individual is now generally considered homeless if they have no access to shelter (primary homelessness), or if they have no place of habitual residence, moving back and forth between different types of accommodation (secondary homelessness)[1]. Irrespective of rigid definitions and typologies, however, those experiencing homelessness often face the same enormous personal challenges of poverty, unemployment, health issues, trauma, addiction, social exclusion, etc.

What is new

As the year is nearing its end, the European Parliament has now launched one of its most significant attempts at tackling homelessness to date. Parliament’s decision comes after years of calls on the Commission to address the issue[2],[3],[4] as well as a number of European Union (EU) studies and reports highlighting its gravity