Joined the Campaign: November 2016
Who’s Involved? Infirmiers de Rue – an organisation focusing on street outreach – is leading work in Brussels. They are working in partnership with other organisations including Habitat et Humanisme, Le Forum, Archi Human, Rolling Douche, RBDH-BBRoW and the 4 Wings Foundation.
What has happened so far? Brussels launched their campaign in early 2017 as ‘400 toits/daken’ (400 roofs). Brussels held their Connections Week in June 2017. During the week hundreds of volunteers met 528 people living on the streets. 299 people completed the survey. 60% of those on the streets had a chronic illness and 65% of those who were surveyed had not had stable accommodation for over a year. You can learn more about the results in this Connections Week report ( in French) published in December 2017.
Infirmiers de Rue have already been running a Housing First programme helping those off the streets for several years. They are now working to increase the number of housing options available to move people off the streets quickly.
Voices of people with lived experience: Infirmiers de Rue and their partners ensure that the voices and views of people who are homeless or who have been homeless are central to their work. You can hear from people who have been supported into homes through Housing First here.
In January 2018 the ‘Challenge Citoyen 2018’ was launched as part of the campaign. This volunteer led activity involves groups of volunteers working together to creatively find homes for people on the street. Teams will be trained and supported to help them find the homes.
Partners in Brussels are also working on further influencing and getting more politicians, faith groups and community groups involved in the campaign.
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