Day 1 | 3 March 2021

Opening session Local, national and European policy I Class I Basics I Class II Stakeholder engagement and social innovation

In the morning the municipality of Braga, the ROOF network and URBACT gladly welcome you to the ROOF Winter school. 

During the opening session, the (deputy) mayors of the cities of Braga, Thessaloniki and Toulouse Métropole explain their homelessness and housing policy. Then the Coordinator of the National strategy for Homelessness in Portugal presents the national strategy and the policy of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU. Laura Colini, URBACT Programme expert on Affordable and accessible housing will moderates this session

Our first class is in the capable hands of FEANTSA, European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless. They will explain the basics on data, Housing First/led and local homelessness/housing policy.

In the afternoon you can join our second class, on Stakeholder engagement and Service innovation, brought to you by the Braga Human Power Hub. A class on how to involve external partners in service planning, constellation of services.

We conclude the first day with a ULG cities session, where the Urbact Local Group members can give feedback, exchange in their own language. This is wrapped up by a quick look at the programme of day two.


Ricardo Rio

Mayor of Braga


Ricardo Rio has been a city council member in Braga since 2005. He was a member of Braga's Municipal Assembly (Alderman) during the 2001-2005 term. Since 2013 he has been the Mayor of Braga. He currently is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the cross-border association of municipalities designated as “Eixo Atlântico do Noroeste Peninsular”, he is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Cavado’s Inter-municipal Community and presides over the Board of Directors of the following Municipal Companies: “Theatro Circo”, “AGERE” and “InvestBraga”. He is also Member of the Global Parliament of Mayors and Member of the Committee of the Regions.


Mihalis Koupkas

Deputy Mayor Thessaloniki


Mihalis Koupkas is an independent member of the City Council of Thessaloniki. He is the Deputy Mayor for Finance and is responsible for the supervision of externally funded programmes implemented by the Municipality of Thessaloniki. In parallel, he is the Chairperson of Tax Officials of Thessaloniki-Kilkis and Halkidiki, a labour union of employees for tax officials and the General Secretary of the Economic Chamber of Central Macedonia.

Henrique Manuel Marques Joaquim

National Coordinator of the Strategy on homelessness


Henrique Joaquim has a degree for Social worker and Social Work PhD (Portuguese Catholic University). He is currently the Executive Manager of the National Strategy for Social Inclusion of Homeless People (since jan 2020). Henrique Joaquim is also the General Director of “Comunidade Vida e Paz” – NGO for Homeless People (2012/2019)


Daniel Rougé

Deputy Mayor Toulouse


Daniel Rougé is the first Deputy Mayor of Toulouse in charge of the Coordination of Solidarity and Inclusion Policies, as well as Vice-president of the Toulouse Communal Center for Social Action. He is also Metropolitan Councillor of Toulouse Métropole. University Professor and hospital practitioner in forensic medicine, former Dean of the RangueilFaculty of Medicine (University Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier), Daniel Rougé has a long outstanding career dedicated to forensic and penitentiary medicine, leading him to hold thehighest academic, hospital and administrative positions (as an expert at the Court of Appeal and accredited by the Court of Casssation). He has been awarded the Legion of Honour (Officer). Today he is committed to promoting ambitious policies in favor of social inclusion and cohesion
for the City of Toulouse.

 Laura Colini

URBACT Programme Expert on affordable and accessible housing


Laura Colini is Co-founder of TEsserae Urban Social Research, PhD Habil in urban studies and member of INURA network. Laura's interest covers EU public policies on urban poverty, housing and migration. She works as senior policy advisor for EU urban programmes such as URBACT, Urban Innovative Action for which she coordinates the initiative ”cities engaging in the right to housing” and represents URBACT at the EU Urban Agenda partnerships on Inclusion of migrants and refugees, Housing, Urban poverty and Culture and cultural heritage. She occasionally teaches single classes or at postgraduate programmes, and is engaged as activist in the campaign "From sea to the cities” on migration. 


Class I The basics on data, Housing First and local homelessness/housing policy

Freek Spinnewijn

Director FEANTSA - Belgium


The first Winter School class  on the ROOF basics is brought to us by FEANTSA. It is important that we all have the same understanding. Director Freek Spinnewijn explains the relevance of monitoring, what is ETHOS Light, what is Housing First/Led and how it is a work in progress. He will conclude with a view on homelessness/housing policy on a local/city level.

Freek is director of FEANTSA. FEANTSA is the European umbrella of NGOs working with homeless people.  FEANTSA has member organisations in 30 European countries and works on a variety of themes including housing, health, and migration. Freek sits on the board of several European organisations and transnational projects.  He is currently the president of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and of Social Services Europe (SSE) and sits on the Board of EAPN (European Anti-Poverty network).

Class II Stakeholder engagement and Service innovation

Carlos Santos

Human Power Hub - Braga Social Innovation Centre, Portugal


The second Winter School class is offered by the Braga Human Power Hub. It is about learning how to involve external partners in service planning. During the class Carlos Santos focuses on two dimensions of an Urbact Local Group and on how to increase engagement of stakeholders by involving them in Service design and Open Social Innovation.

Carlos de Sousa Santos, develops activity in the City of Braga, at the Bracara Augusta Foundation, an institution where he took over the coordination of the generation Youth Program between 2011 and 2019. He also takes on the coordination of International Projects at the Bracara Augusta Foundation. Carlos is currently involved with the foundation and development of Human Power Hub - Braga Social Innovation Centre.