Metropolitan Research Institute
Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI), established in 1989, is an internationally recognized independent research, planning and consultancy company based in Budapest, Hungary. The multidisciplinary team MRI consists of experienced professionals (economists, sociologists, planners) working on different aspects of urban development. Different divisions of MRI deal with core issues of sustainable and inclusive development of European cities, such as inner city regeneration, the problems of large housing estates, urban sprawl, rental sector deficiencies, municipal budgeting, urban mobility issues, the problems of ethnic minorities. The analysis of these problems is connected to the surveying of administrative and institutional structures, exploring the performance of different types of governance patterns. MRI as the consortium leader of the HomeLAb project is responsible for the coordination of the 5 pilot projects and their monitoring. Beside this, MRI also shares the responsibility with BI for developing the methodology of the accompanying research (monitoring and evaluation).
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 policy making, tracking, and evaluation. The Institute provides policy advice to decision makers, conducts independent policy research, and participates in regional and European research projects. 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.
From Streets to Home Association (Utcáról Lakásba Egyesület)
Coordinator of the pilot in Budapest, Hungary
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.
Habitat for Humanity Poland
Coordinator of the Polish pilot
Habitat for Humanity Poland is a nonprofit housing organization which responds to housing poverty 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.
Hungarian Charity Service Association of the Order of Malta
Coordinator of the pilot in Veszprém, Hungary
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).
People in Need
Coordinator of the pilot in Slovakia
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.
Coordinator of the pilot in the Czech Republic
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.