The role of Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis (BI) in this project is mainly the development of methodological guidance for the project partners in order to ensure the even quality of implementation and evaluation. BI oversees and coordinates (together with MRI) the evaluation and monitoring activities of all pilot projects, as well as assisting MRI in the monitoring of the Hungarian pilot projects. Moreover, BI contributes to scientific reporting towards the European Commission, most importantly by carrying out the quantitative evaluation of the project for the final report of HomeLab and also contributes to the international dissemination of the HomeLab project.
BUDAPEST INSTITUTE FOR POLICY ANALYSIS (BI) was founded by four economists as an independent private think tank in 2008. The founding partners have a background in civil service and research, and an experience of at least seven years in policy analysis and consultancy in some areas of public administration. BI produces research and analysis to support policymaking, -tracking and -evaluation.
Habitat for Humanity Poland
Habitat for Humanity Poland is a nonprofit housing organization which responds to poverty housing through various projects, including: construction of new houses, rehabilitation of apartments and residential facilities for vulnerable youth and adults, microloans, energy efficiency trainings, housing research and advocacy. It was founded in Gliwice in 1992 as the first Habitat for Humanity office in Europe and so far has helped more than 1300 families. It is part of Habitat for Humanity, a global network of nonprofit housing organizations working in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
The HomeLab project in Poland combines rental housing support, employment services and social integration within a single institutional framework called a Social Rental Enterprise (Społeczna Agencja Najmu i Zatrudnienia). It addresses the issues of housing shortages/poverty and unequal work opportunities in Poland, testing the hypothesis that these issues are linked.
Polish social services in their current forms are not effectively integrating vulnerable groups in the labour and housing markets. The main goal of the pilot is to support the integration of services for individuals and families at risk of poverty and social exclusion, concentrating on these markets. The model of the Social Rental Enterprise will be pioneering a new response to identified social needs through providing integrated and tailored services. The Social Rental Enterprise will serve 40 households from vulnerable groups in Warsaw. Each will receive support related to housing, employment and social integration – delivered by Habitat Poland in partnership with community organizations, the private rental market and the City of Warsaw.
In order to operate and sustain the SRE a new vocation will be developed – a social rental specialist – combining rental administration and social work (in the form of employment services assistance and as a contact person for other services). This crucial role will assist clients in engaging in the job market and maintaining secure tenure. They will also ensure that clients are taking full advantage of social services available to them from the government e.g. housing allowances and public employment agencies. One social rental specialist will handle 13-15 clients over 2.5 years.
Magyar Máltai Szeretetszolgálat
Defence of the Faith and assistance to the poor
This has been the motto of all organizations of the Order of Malta for more than nine hundred years. As one of the first civil organisations, the Hungarian Charity Service Association of the Order of Malta was founded on 4th February 1989 under the direction of Father Imre Kozma and 31 founding members.
HCSOM is one of the the largest NGOs in Hungary with its national centre and 7 regional directorates, providing social services to a wide variety of beneficiaries. As one of the main actors in the non-state welfare system and social safety net, HCSOM operates institutional services (eg. homeless shelters, soup-kitchens, temporary shelters, medical treatment centres) and implements innovative programs based on personal presence (integration programs, Inclusive Village Program, Presence Program, field-based support models).
Due to these initiatives, experienced professional staff and good practices, the Service has become one of the most important and relevant intellectual and practical workshops in Hungary and the whole region, elaborating and implementing methods to provide effective and long-lasting support for the most disadvantaged people.
HCSOM is also successful in working with different types of institutions: local communities, municipalities, ministries, expert groups, labour offices, schools and kindergardens.
The Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta provides a complex service in the field of employment, housing and social support through the HomeLab project in Veszprém. This complexity makes the pilot innovative. In the field of employment, despite the lack of labour force in this region we can find – mostly from the marginal social groups – local people who are not involved into the labour market. The Charity Service aims to connect the side of demand and supply on the local labour market. Based on the secure employment, there are more opportunities to solve the housing situation of these people. However, housing is a significant problem in Veszprém which has to be solved by building new apartments or restructure existing buildings. The third ’leg’ of the complex service is social support which makes the whole project sustainable. This support can help until the first salary arrives and also gives an oportunity preparing for job interviews, writing CVs or consulting to a financial specialst about the sustainability of the household.
People in Need
People in Need is a non-profit organization aiming to help people who are in greatest need. Since 1999, PIN provided a helping hand to those deprived of human dignity and freedom due to all sorts of circumstances. To people suffering the consequences of war; victims of natural disasters or those who live under the suppression of authoritarian regimes or in conditions of deep poverty – all over the world as well as in Slovakia. We are a proud member of the People in Need network operating from Central Europe. We also research and pilot innovative solutions to the challenges that people in socially excluded localities in Slovakia face – extreme poverty, long-term unemployment, low education levels, inadequate living standards and tensions with the majority population.
Under HomeLab, PIN proposes to apply the Social Rental Enterprise model, operating in three microregions in Slovakia, combining first and foremost labour and housing activities, by providing additional social work. PIN is already running community centres in five microregions, and the pilot will operate in three of these:
- Microregion Malacky
- Microregion Spišská Nová Ves
- Microregion Prešov and Bardejov
In all three microregions, PIN is operating in excluded Roma localities (part of settlements), where the living conditions and basic indicators are similar: most people live in low-standard illegal houses (without access to public water inside the dwelling, sewage and other basic infrastructure), the unemployment rate is 70% or higher (with a predominance of long term unemployment), the acquired level of education is very low (in most cases only primary school or unfinished secondary education) and for most of the families the main source of income are state social benefits (ranging from 60 to 220 EUR per month). As a consequence, the potential of socially excluded Roma in all three micro regions, possibility to enter the open labour market as well as to acquire a legal and standard housing is low, and the chances of breaking the cycle of poverty and exclusion without external intervention are weak. Project HomeLab will intervene by three different approaches in each locality considering housing – access to private rental together with job counselling, self-help constructions and job counselling and assistance with legalisation of existing houses with job counselling.
Romodrom – presentation
Romodrom o.p.s. was found as a non-profit organisation in 2001 by its chairwoman Marie Gailová. Since then Romodrom has been operating in different areas of support and help people. At the beginning Romodrom focused especially on members of the Roma minority endangered by unfavourable life situations gradually the target group had increased as the problem of social exclusion has concerned more and more people also in majority. Our goal is to help these people find solutions to their difficult situations and strengthen their competencies in managing their fates. Specifically, we strive for the change with the provision of social services and educational programmes in eight out of fourteen regions in the Czech Republic.
Romodrom – role in the HomeLab
project The pilot project is realized in three regions of the Czech Republic – Moravian Silesian Region, Olomouc Region and Pardubice Region, where it will support at least 45 households in total. The aim is to improve housing and job situation of socially excluded persons. The pilot is based on the concept of help to move the households living in unfavourable housing (legal/illegal hostels, shelters, poor quality housing etc.) to standard housing for affordable price and to help them manage their financial situation by getting employment or other type of legal job. Persons selected for the project will be actively cooperating with the organisation. The project ensures individualized case handling by two social workers in each region, who support final beneficiaries through three project phases: selection and preparation of end beneficiaries; support through entering into standard housing and formal employment; and continued accompanying social work once clients’ employment and housing situation is stabilized. Apartments for clients will be rented mostly from the private market, for that reason Romodrom aims to establish Social Rental Agency. As the target group of the pilot project is high risk, ensuring adequate work income can be arduously difficult, even once housing is stabilized. Therefore, the organisation will ensure intensive support in finding potential threats to employment, and overcoming them through individualized training, support and accompaniment. Field workers will maintain very close and intensive cooperation with clients, and they will pay particular attention to the stability of the beneficiary’s situation.
Utcáról Lakásba Egyesület
The From Street To Home Association uses innovative practices to face the problem of homelessness. On the one hand we directly help families through a Housing First approach with intensive social work to resolve their immediate housing problems, on the other hand we initiate reforms of the discriminative social policies by developing model programs that provide housing. The association has started this work in 2012, it is registered officially in 2014.
In Hungary the From Street To Home Association is the first organization using the Housing First approach as a main intervention tool. Currently 14 flats are inhabited by former homeless people with the help of our association.
Within the framework of the project 20 families moved into flats. It is a life changing opportunity for them, they have got a chance to stabilize their life conditions. We also provide an innovative service for them to increase their employment potential. A self-help peer group is organized where the participants can share job-related information and support each other and they also have the opportunity to advertise their services online on our website.