ATHENS  14-15-16  March  2016

concerning the interventions & pathways for Homeless 
in extreme poverty situation with mental health problems



Home-less   -   Health-less   -   Hope-less

When person have lost everything, there is no more that body for cry and street to get lost   


Homeless living in severe & chronic social, physical, psychical precariousness are a symptom of the malaise of our civilization today and a permanent injury of democracy and social cohesion. They are almost a provocation and challenge both for those who are working in this sector and for those who should be responsible of the polis / citizens.

SMES-Europa, following these findings, propose  Dignity & Well-being', as a transnational project promoting exchanges of experience and knowledge in the field of  extreme poverty  and  mental illness / health , in order to promote adequate, effective and coherent  answers, ensuring for each person  dignity and well-being  and promoting and facilitating the access to fundamental right and to basic citizen services.

General object of 'Dignity & Well-being project' is

  • to meet,  listen and  understand deepest, the voice of people who has become voice-less because identity-less,  home-less,  health-less,  hope-less… and excluded.

  • to evaluate the causes & factors of this deprivation and the reasons explain why they seems to prefer life in the street or in a emergency centers, despite more adequate proposal of aid,

  • to identify some innovative practices and coherent projects ;

  • to recommend some priorities in social & health policy.

The Dignity & Well-being workshops, will focus attention on relation and interaction between each individual homeless  and  the interventions made by social & health providers of services as :   

  • Mental health services in Institutions  and  in Community; 

  • Emergency shelters, drop inn centres; dispensaries ....

  • Supported housing; community housing; solidarity apartments... 

  • Outreach team.

The WORKSHOPS initiative of D-&-WB project , will be based on case studies of individual home-less, describing their health and mental health status, social situation and interventions made on their behalf by street workers in order to  facilitate - together and in integrate and sustainable way the access to : 1)  Health/mental health services;  2)  Emergency and social assistance services; 3) Housing services; 4) Participative inclusion services.


After the first Workshop in Warsawa (1-3 October 2015) , the second Exchanges & Workshop initiatives of project D-&-WB , will to take place in Athens  14-15-16 April This is the organisation of this event :

  1. STUDY / VISITS :  Thursday 14/4 will dedicated to study/visits of the innovative and more efficient services  working with and  for the homeless and mentally ill people in Amsterdam. a)  Mental health services;    b)  Emergency / shelters  services ;  c)  Monitored housing;   d)  Integration services

  2. WORKSHOP :    Friday 15/4 will dedicated to presentation of profiles and INTER-VISIONS concerning the interventions and the pathways for Homeless in extreme poverty situation with mental health problems.
    The analysis of the life situations of this people, will be introduced by the local responsible of each of these fourth sectors:

          1)  Mental health institutions & community based services; 

          2)  Emergency shelters and dispensary ;  

          3)  Monitored housing , community home  ;  

          4)  Participative integration.


  3. FOCUS GROUP: Saturday  16/4  "co-working & together " keywords for respect of fundamental rights and solidarity

SMES warmly invites each participant in workshop to prepare with colleagues of their service at least an individual profile, (a study's case) of a person well known and followed by the service, using this common protocol :
cf. : and sending us for the end of March.

The preparation of these interventions will enrich the inter-vision work of workshop . The results of these workshops will be at the basis of the 14th European seminar, where the participants will prepare the priorities and recommendations to present both to local policy makers and administrators.



To overcome poverty is not a gesture of charity.
It is about an act of justice.
It is the protection of a fundamental human right,
the right to dignity and a decent life.    
(Nelson Mandela)

The problem, despite national differences, is European and, for this reason must be placed at the centre of an urgent call for awareness and deeper consideration particularly with respect to the development of a new political program at a European level.

Vaincre la pauvreté ce n'est pas une question de charité.
Il s'agit d'un acte de justice.
C'est la protection d'un droit humain fondamental,
le droit à la dignité et à une vie décente.
(Nelson Mandela)

Le problème, malgré les différences nationales, est européens et, pour cette raison, doit être placé au centre d'un appel urgent pour la sensibilisation et pour une plus attente considération particulièrement en ce qui concerne le développement des nouveaux programmes politiques au niveau européen.