From the 3rd till the 5th of March 2021 the URBACT ROOF team brought together guests from across Europe to participate in our first ever Winter School hosted by the city of Braga, Portugal and co-hosted by Thessaloniki in Greece and Toulouse Métropole in France. The three-day event, hosted online due to the on-going pandemic, featured speakers from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Scotland. The Winter School offered a unique opportunity to gain insight in and converse with the ROOF partners and beyond on topics such as:
•Road towards Housing First
•Support models
•Working together with organisations and stakeholders
•Data collection

3 March 2021 | Opening the Winter school I Local, national and European policy I Class I - Basics I Class II - Stakeholder engagement and social innovation | ULG city exchange 

The Winter School opens with a political conversation on local, national and European homelessness and housing policy. After that our first class on basics is in the capable hands of FEANTSA, European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless. In the afternoon the Braga Human Power Hub brings you the second class on how to involve external partners in service planning. At the end of the day ULG members can discuss and exchange on the classes in their own city zoom room.


4 March 2021 | Class III Building an Alliance I Class IV Scaling up Housing First I ROOF ULG members sharing challenges 

In the morning of day two the Danish Home to all Alliance brings their successful experience on Building an alliance to end youth homelessness, on how together you achieve so much more. They are followed by the Scottish Homelessness Network teaching us about Scaling-up Housing First in Scotland. A great opportunity to start developing fundamental skills to shift the mindset towards Housing First.

In the afternoon ROOF ULG members exchange on the challenges they encounter on homelessness, housing, COVID 19.

5 March 2021 |  Class V Housing First/Led Support models I Class VI Using data for policy and practice I Closing Winter school

On the final day the Ghent Social Department teaches us different models of Housing First/led support, indispensable for good results. Then 3 ROOF cities share their support examples. In the afternoon URBACT Expert Volker Busch-Geertsema explains how to use data for policy and practice.   

We close the ROOF Winter school together, sharing some of our new insights and future inspirations and aspirations.


The host team
Ana Ferreira, António Direito, Cláudia Igreja (Braga and ROOF)
Hannelore Bonami, Luiza Braga Campos, Euan McGlynn, Liat Rogel, Patricia Vanderbauwhede, Stevie McGowan (ROOF)
Adele Bucella, Laura Colini (URBACT)