Influencing public authorities and sensitizing civil society to the cause of the homeless by means of a more effective people care policy aimed at improving their living conditions.

COORDINATING INSTITUTION
Ministerio de Desarrollo Social - Uruguay
PARTNER INSTITUTION
Ministerio de Desarrollo Humano e Inclusión Social - Costa Rica
Ministerio de Desarrollo Social - Brazil
Ministerio de Desarrollo Social - Chile
Ministerio de la Niñez y la Adolescencia - Paraguay
Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social - Colombia
Organización Internacional Ítalo-Latinoamericana - (ILLA) - Italia
TOTAL BUDGET
592.376,61 €
EU CONTRIBUTION
473.842,05 €
DURATION
31 months (April 1st, 2017 - October 31, 2019)
CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
  • The EUROsociAL Programme is at the origin of the project. Through its "Integral Social Protection Systems" component, the EUROsociAL Programme promoted the creation of the "Permanent Latin American Working Group on the Homeless", which is the embryo of the RED CALLE project. https://eurosocial.eu/


  • The project participated in two events organised by the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA): the FEANTSA 2019 Policy Conference, in Porto (Portugal) » More information here, and the 14th European Research Conference, in Helsingborg (Sweden) » More information here.


  • Professionals Vincenzo Castelli (from the "On The Road" social organization and consultant of EUROsociAL+, presenting the street companies subject), Paolo Trevisanato (from the Don Bosco Project organization, presenting the experience in Bolivia as regards the defence of children's rights and the issue of prison discharge) and Francesco Padovani (from the Esperanza Project organisation, presenting the reality of homeless people and prison discharge in the Dominican Republic) participated as speakers in the "Foro Internacional Red Calle Latinoamericana" Forum organised by the project.


  • Professor Pedro Cabrera Cabrera, researcher at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas -Comillas Pontifical University, has been a consultant to the project and has coordinated a comparative diagnosis between the six countries that make up the Network in order to get to know the current situation of public policies aimed at caring for homeless people.


  • Professor Isabel Baptista, researcher at the Centro de Estudos para a Intervençao Social - Center of Study for Social Intervention (CESIS), has advised the RED CALLE project in the design and planning of the study visit to Lisbon.


  • The project has paid a study visit to Lisbon to learn more about the work that the CRESCER association carries out with homeless people. The "É uma casa - Lisboa Housing First" project is worth highlighting. » More information here.


  • The German association Gesellschaft für innovative Sozialforschung und Sozialplanung  -Association for Research on Innovation and Social Planning- contributed to the formation of the "Latin American permanent working group on the homeless", the predecessor of the project.


STUDY VISITS

    • Visita de estudio a la ‘Conferencia anual de la Federación Europea de Organizaciones Nacionales que Trabajan con Personas en Situación de Calle (FEANTSA)’, en Oporto, para profundizar en el conocimiento sobre las políticas europeas en esta materia.
      » For more information click here

    • Visita de estudio a Portugal, en Lisboa y Oporto, para conocer el trabajo de organizaciones sociales en la aplicación de la metodología ‘Housing first’, entre las que destaca la organización CRESCER
      » For more information click here

    • Visita de estudio a la ‘XIV Conferencia europea de investigación sobre las personas sin hogar’, en Helsingborg, para presentar los resultados de la investigación realizada en el marco del proyecto
      » For more information click here

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation
ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation

The initiative seeks to improve the living conditions of homeless people in several Latin American countries through the creation of a Regional Network. Therefore, the national policies of the countries involved will be strengthened, sharing and improving tools, and exchanges, cooperation and dissemination of innovations relating to this topic will be promoted. At the same time, it will educate both public institutions and civil society in order to place this issue on the public agenda. The perspective, at the end of the project, is that the regional network is fully operational and is open to the inclusion of new countries, thus increasing the effectiveness of the policies of attention for people in vulnerable situations. Moreover, it is expected that civil society and public institutions will have prioritised the issue and that it forms part of the public agenda in these countries.

MAIN CONTRIBUTION, FROM THE PROJECT'S THEMATIC PERSPECTIVE

Goal 1.3

Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable

Justification:

The RED CALLE project contributes to Target 1.3 by improving the living conditions of street people (SP), one of the hardest cores of extreme poverty and exclusion. Red Calle contributes to deepening the in-depth discussion on sectoral policies and the need to strengthen social protection systems. If this dimension is not addressed, there is a risk that the bridge between assistance, social integration and the guarantee of citizenship rights will not be built. The right to decent work and the right to housing, health and education must be guaranteed for SP.

Indicator 1.3.1

Proportion of population covered by social protection floors/systems, by sex, distinguishing children, unemployed persons, older persons, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, newborns, work-injury victims and the poor and the vulnerable

Justification:

The national diagnostic reports and the inter pairs review that was carried out make it possible to identify the gaps in access, coverage and quality of social protection systems in the six countries with regard to street people. The project allows to increase the vulnerable population covered by social protection systems or minimum levels of protection.

Goal 3.8

Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all

Justification:

The RED CALLE project contributes to Target 3.8 by increasing health coverage for street people (SP). According to the diagnostic reports, the health aspect has been a key driver of the imaginary linked to SP; the high rates of health problems among SP show a structural deficit in this regard. Discrimination against these populations constitutes a barrier to access to the universal health system. In the case of mental health, difficulties are even greater. In all countries it is necessary to make progress in specific programmes for the treatment of dual pathologies or addictions.

Indicator 3.8.1

Coverage of essential health services (defined as the average coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and service capacity and access, among the general and the most disadvantaged population)

Justification:

The project contributes to this indicator by proposing regional guidelines on minimum standards for the provision of services, including health services, aimed at the population in street situations while ensuring access to and quality health care in general, and mental health services in particular.

CONTRIBUTION FROM A PARTICULAR PROJECT COMPONENT, COMPLEMENTARY TO THE MAIN TOPIC

Goal 2.1

By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round

Justification:

The RED CALLE project contributes to Target 2.1 by guaranteeing food, as a fundamental human right, in the various services of the network of care for street people (SP) in the six participating countries. This guarantee includes both direct provision and implementation of actions to ensure that SP have access to this right by their own means.

Indicator 2.1.1

Prevalence of undernourishment

Justification:

The proposal of regional guidelines and minimum standards for the provision of services for street people (SP) that ensure access to food will allow to reverse the current levels of undernourishment in this population.

Goal 11.1

By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums

Justification:

The RED CALLE project contributes to Target 11.1 by integrating the Ministries of Housing in addressing the issue of street people (SP) in all the intervention countries, which also face various forms and variants of severe residential exclusion in their cities. Homelessness is one of the most obvious representations of poverty, as well as one of the least discussed and visible issues of public policies aimed at tackling SP. Furthermore, homelessness is directly related to deteriorating health and it reduces life expectancy.

Indicator 11.1.1

Proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing

Justification:

The project contributes to this indicator by giving visibility to this issue in the different countries that make up the network as well as in the region. The right to adequate housing is a fundamental right, which is why States must guarantee access to decent living spaces where people in street situations (SP) can develop their potential, while also guaranteeing access to different basic services.

CONTRIBUTION FROM CROSSCUTTING TOPICS

Goal 10.2

By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

Justification:

The RED CALLE project contributes to Target 10.2 by strengthening national public policies for the care of street people (SP) from a structural approach that does not place solely individual attributions and responsibilities of people over their situation. It also recognizes the need to change the dynamics of production and consumption of the discarded society, where those who are considered as non-productive persons, i.e. the most vulnerable persons and those facing the greatest difficulties, are excluded and expelled. Reducing inequality and social fragmentation based on the right to social protection and decent work are intrinsic challenges to tackling poverty eradication and the street situation.

Indicator 10.2.1

Proportion of people living below 50 per cent of median income, by age, sex and persons with disabilities

Justification:

The project contributes to this indicator by strengthening the prioritization, definition and implementation of comprehensive policies that address, from a rights-based approach, the multiple dimensions that street people (SP) have to face, promoting the participation of the population in this situation and the exchange with the community in general, seeking the restoration of violated rights as well as greater social integration.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Red Calle - Developing policies to support the homeless
Montevideo
,
Uruguay
|
20/06/2018

Last week, between June 12 and 15, the consultants Dr. Pedro Cabrera and Dr. Santiago Bachiller made a technical visit to Uruguay, ending the round of diagnostic visits to the six countries that currently make up the Latin American Street Network.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Red Calle - Developing policies to support the homeless
Montevideo
,
Uruguay
|
17/06/2017

From 14th - 16th June 2017, the first meeting of the Working Group of the Regional Project was held in Montevideo, Uruguay: “RED CALLE - Latin American network of countries for developing policies to support the homeless”.

Past events

Oct 16 - 17, 2018
Montevideo, Uruguay
Red Calle - Developing policies to support the homeless

Red Calle Latin America International Seminar

The Ministry of Social Development, the Italian-Latin American Institute, the Uruguayan Agency for International Cooperation, the Social Presidential Council of Costa Rica, and the Chilean Ministry for Social Development have been working since April 2017 to roll out the project Red Calle - a network of Latin American countries for the...

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Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018
Montevideo, Uruguay
Red Calle - Developing policies to support the homeless

Red Calle Latin America International Seminar

Reflect on and discuss the progress made and challenges faced regarding policies for the homeless in terms of public management, academic research and practices from civil society, taking a comparative perspective with international experience in Latin America and Europe.

The objective is to exchange knowledge,...

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Jun 14 - 16, 2017
Montevideo, Uruguay
Red Calle - Developing policies to support the homeless

Face to face meeting of the RED CALLE working group

Delegations of the six member countries and partner entity (ILLA) will participate. At this meeting, participants will exchange information about the current status of policies for the homeless in the member countries, identifying strengths, weaknesses and common regional challenges. In addition, a first baseline of supply and demand for South -...

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