EU Structural Funds – what opportunities for funding homelessness services?
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DESCRIPTIONPresentation by Gbor Tth, Hungary, at a FEANTSA seminar on "Funding strategies: Building the case for homelessness", hosted by the Committee of the Regions, June 2012
<ul><li> 1. EU Structural Funds what opportunities for funding homelessness services? TTH Gbor Brussels 8 June 2012 </li> <li> 2. ESF support an example HU project launched in 2009 EUR 9 million, 3500 participants Agencies of local municipalities and NGOs Labour market services Diagnosis Action plan Job-search skills Training Job application coupled with Housing support Searching a rental Rent </li> <li> 3. Main principles of the new ESF from homelessness policy aspect Concentration on Europe 2020 Strategy Better coordination and harmonisation between the funds Focus on results Simplification </li> <li> 4. Concentration Total cohesion policy: EUR 336 billion At least 25% ESF: EUR 84 billion Including the successor of the food aid programme 20% of ESF to social inlcusion </li> <li> 5. Better coordination of funds integrated programming CSF at EU level and Partnership Agreement at national level Planning: addressing the needs of poorest areas or most disadvantaged target groups Possibility of multifund programmes combining ERDF, ESF and the Cohesion Fund Possibility to finance operations from more than one fund (CLLD, ITI)Easier to combine housing infrastructure with supportive measures </li> <li> 6. Result orientation Ex-ante conditionality on active inclusion A national strategy for poverty reduction is in place that is in accordance with the national poverty and social exclusion target indicates clearly measures to prevent and combat segregation in all fields Joint action plans e.g.: number of additional places in sheltered homes, number of homeless participants in active labour market programmes having a job 6 months following the programme </li> <li> 7. Access to funds Simplification Harmonised rules of funds Simplified cost options Enhanced partnership Possibility to involve NGOs through global grants Appropriate amount of ESF resources to be allocated to capacity-building of NGOs </li> <li> 8. Next steps On-going: negotiations with Council and EP on regulations Final regulations: end of 2012, early 2013 On-going: preparation of COM position papers for discussons with MS on Partnership Agreements and Operational programmes First half of 2013: formal negotiations with MS Second half of 2013: adoption of OPs </li> </ul>
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