Homelessness in the European Union

Eoin O'Sullivan, Lars Benjaminsen, Volker Busch-Geertsema, Masa Filipovic Hrast, Nicholas Pleace, Nora Teller

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This study, commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens’
Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee
on Petitions (PETI), demonstrates the need to change systems
that respond to homelessness as an issue of individual
dysfunction and inadequacy, to systems that end homelessness.
The residential instability felt by the majority of those who are
homeless needs to be addressed through the provision of
integrated housing, welfare, and health services. Public policy
should aim to prevent homelessness in the first instance. For
those who experience homelessness, the duration must be
minimised by rapidly providing secure, affordable housing, in
order to reduce further experiences of homelessness, decrease
costly emergency accommodation, and alleviate trauma
associated with homelessness.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherEuropean Parliament (Committee on Petitions)
Commissioning bodyEuropean Parliament - Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs Directorate-General for Internal Policies
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023


  • Homelessness
  • Comparative research

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