Ending Homelessness Campaign
Members' Events Calendar 2011
December 2010-January 2011
"Ending Homelessness" Statue Exhibition Visit to Lisbon, attended by people from Portuguese public life (pp. 38-61).
Until 17th March 2011
The Spanish Ministry of Culture, through the National Museum of Decorative Arts, is holding an exhibition called "Diseño contra la pobreza" ("Art Against Poverty"). The exhibition also serves to display campaigns that raise awareness about poverty and social exclusion. Therefore, the Ministry of Culture have asked the Madrid Campaign group to display aspects of the Ending Homelessness Campaign, including the ten proposals for a strategy to end homelessness. The exhibition is part of a wider project which aims to combat poverty by making art and design accessible to people experiencing or at risk of social exclusion.
14th-15th April 2011
Organisations working with homeless people in Spain publish press release expressing concern about Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón's proposed law which would make it illegal for homeless people to occupy public space. Madrid homelessness services publish own press release.
November 2011 - Campaign Month
10th November 2011 - Release of Campaign Video "THESE ARE RIGHTS, NOT GIFTS" in Catalan, English, Euskera (Basque) and Spanish.
17th November 2011 - 2nd Study Day at Universidad Pontificia Comillas, c/ Alberto Aguilera, 23 - Madrid on "Housing-led solutions to homelessness" - More information (in Spanish)
24th November 2011 - Flashmobs in various Spanish cities. Press coverage
27th November 2011 - Annual Sleep-Out (last year's video)
The "Ending Homelessness" sculpture exhibition was in Bucharest and raising awareness of the Ending Homelessness Campaign.
Focus Ireland called on the new Irish government to address long-term homelessness, rough sleeping and youth homelessness, which it has agreed to do.
The Simon Communitites asked the five main political parties to commit to tackling homelessness if elected, which they did.
The Ending Homelessness Exhibition arrived in Dublin, as announced in the Focus Ireland Press Release.
The statues are representations of some of the most visible forms of homelessness but do not, of course, reflect all situations. Focus Ireland, who are hosting the exhibition, hope that bringing the exhibition to Dublin will act as a poignant reminder that there are still up to 5,000 people who are homeless in Ireland.
The event was also covered in the press and on television.
Volkshilfe (BAWO member) publishes a book, Die lange Nacht der Wohnungslosen, to mark its 15th anniversary. The book contains articles, poetry, images, etc, on the theme of homelessness - in political and personal terms.
The "Ending Homelessness" statues' visit to Austria also features in the book.