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We have set-up the project to have a framework from where we could motivate ourselves, be inspired by others and collaborate with other in orde to reach our goal of ending homelessness. 

"The talks with partners created an atmosphere of collaborative engagement in ending homelessness [...] the overall URBACT approach and the specific approach of our Lead Expert created a very efficient and content/solution-driven vibe. We made things happen and we have taken real steps in ending homelessness [...] Through the international exchange, we were able to inspire the local dialogue with our Urbact Local Group. We noticed a mental shift..." 

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Small Scale Action

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team simulation

A local innovative collaboration between partners from mental health, drug care clinics, housing support and general social work. Clever re-arrangements of existing FTE that have a big caseload already

With Housing First up and running, the city of Ghent feels the need to improve the support system especially through collaboration between different support sectors. Today mental health, drug care clinics, housing and social work are not collaborating close enough. Time is lost on passing information, information is lost in privacy protection and users still need to answer to too many different service providers. With the opportunity of working with 3 beneficiaries, who usually drop out of the housing system, this SSA will simulate a new team working together for the first time. The team will use the Open Dialogue approach that will be brought by a dedicated trainer. It will test new ways to arrange timetables, visits, communication and collaborative work generally. Based on the experiences of those 3 first beneficiaries, a team will be formed for 11 people that will be living in Robust Houses (Skaeve Huse). The results will also affect the formation of ACT teams that can be assigned where needed in the larger Housing first system.

"The action plan will be approved by the different city platforms and finally the city council [...] The ULG will continously concretize the actions of our IAP [...]"

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