Erasmus+ Point:Home – Youth homelessness

Point: Home

The Erasmus + Point project:Home is dedicated to specialized training for workers carrying out their daily activities in risk prevention and support the acquisition of young homeless independence

The aim of the project is the prevention of homelessness among young people, creating innovative tools and best practices, both the social welfare front, of therapeutic and psychological approaches, both through international cooperation and influence on the formulation of ad hoc social policies

The heart of the project is strengthening the skills of the operators, the implementation of new practices, on the background of understanding of cultural diversity, linguistic and social differences between the different European contexts

The project includes a week of training "participatory", through thematic workshops, held in Gdansk from 21 at 28 October, for 22 operators, no age limits and specialization, from 5 project partner countries:

Foundation after SECOND- Poland, coordinators
fio.PSD - Italy
DrogArt Association– Slovenia
Akto Association For The Promotion Of Human Rights And Democracy– Portugal
YouthAim- Greece

The Italian team consists of 4 fio members. PSD:

City of Turin – Adults sector in difficulty (Turin)

The results of training, the resultant good practices and implemented tools will be disseminated through a online publication, available to organizations working in the field of the fight against youth homelessness and social exclusion

The Italian team has developed two workshops:

  1. Understanding the causes and risks of youth homelessness in Italy
  2. contrast and innovative solutions for the development of autonomy of young homeless

The two issues are linked by a common thread:

What does it mean for a young homeless do not have a home? What does instead obtain one and step by step gaining its independence?

The first area was explored by considering the different profiles and characteristics of homeless youth who look out services, highlighting what are the difficulties and the risks that lead young people to life on the street, Italian and foreign

This workshop has opened the way to the second:

What means being able to get a house and start a project to autonomy?

We then brought the Housing First model developed by Caritas Trieste and cohousing Caritas Verona, both dedicated to young homeless

In this way, are emphasized both the positive aspects that the critical application Housing First approach to a very particular group of beneficiaries, such as that represented by the young homeless

For example,, What is it and how it reaches autonomy for young, often still in search of its identity, which, however, he has already had difficult life experiences not yet fully developed and with a strong power unsettling? What is the impact that a project of Housing First and housing support has on the condition and on life projects of a young homeless?

The intent is to stimulate reflection on the risks that lead young people to the street life and the potential of the Housing First project for this particular group of people homeless, for which it is desirable that the intervention is developed considering the need of reference points, Personal growth and development of identity that characterizes all young people without distinction

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