Street Support Project

“Homeless people are not the problem,

the situation is.”



About

The Street Support Project is an Erasmus+ program aimed at providing adult learning providers, service providers and local governments with tools and models of good practice to develop inclusive adult learning and working opportunities for people who use drugs and/or alcohol. As a result, alcohol and drug related nuisance in public space is reduced.

Context

Drug- and alcohol-related nuisance is an important policy issue in nearly all European cities. Experience and research has shown that many local and municipal authorities are struggling to address it in an effective manner. While a broad range of participatory interventions and prevention activities have been developed to prevent nuisance among youngsters, intervention targeting adults are limited and mainly based on repressive and sanctionary acts.

Less is known about inclusive strategies and adult learning opportunities, which provide daily structure and support to this specific group. Experience shows that strategies, tackling wider economic and social exclusion such as education, training and employment (ETE) can play a vital role in the (re)integration and recovery of homeless people and other marginalized groups [Homelessness and Homeless Policies in Europe: Lessons from Research, 2010].

 

Target group

The project directly targets social services, adult trainers and local governments, which directly work with people experiencing homelessness, people who use drugs and/or alcohol in public space, and other marginalized communities.

 

Main Activities

The project directly targets social services, adult trainers and local governments, which directly work with people experiencing homelessness, people who use drugs and/or alcohol in public space, and other marginalized communities.

Between 2016 and 2019, Street Support partners developed the following main activities:

 

  • European-wide assessment regarding homelessness, drugs & alcohol use and related nuisance in public space.
  • Producing 6 Country Reports through which the
  • Developing and implementing four local pilot interventions. These programs were validated through the Self-Sufficiency Matrix [1], and presented as inclusive intervention case studies.
  • Identifying, collecting and selecting models of good practice in Europe, showcasing effective adult learning and work integration programs.
  • Developing a toolbox for service providers and local governments. This tool offers guidance and support for the development and implementation of inclusive adult learning and work integration opportunities.

[1] http://www.selfsufficiencymatrix.org/zrm-int.aspx

 
During the development of the project, the Street Support Newsletter was an important vehicle for sharing all the activities developed. In this communication, readers could encounter interviews with experts, news about the project activities, and useful & inspiring information on inclusive practices, among others.

To make accessible this important element of the project, we have archived together these newsletters underneath:

Newsletter 1
Newsletter 2
Newsletter 3
Newsletter 4
Newsletter 5
Newsletter 6
Newsletter 7