Welcome to HOPE Homeless in Europe`s Website Please enjoy the site and use the information in the website at your leisure whether you are a homeless person or a social/health worker. Our website has followers all across Europe. We are happy to have you with us and for your interest for our work with the homeless. We are depending on membership fees and donations to be able to help the homeless so please use the Become Member/Donate button above to support us! Originally HOPE Homeless in Europe was thought of as a network for homeless people in October 2009 at a conference in Copenhagen. 44 homeless people attended the meeting, and decided that a common platform was needed for the homeless to raise awareness about their situation. HOPE is a formal, legal NGO and we are working hard to better the conditions for homeless and eradicate homelessneess in Europe and the organisation is managed by homeless and formerly homeless people, all working ideally without any form for compensation. We have members in most EU countries and are constantly receiving new member applications which shows that there is a need for a European homeless network. We co-operate with many national networks in Europe. HOPE was officially founded on October the 22nd, 2011 in Luxembourg. The present form of Hope was established in Prague, Czechia on November 9th. 2013. HOPE is network organization for homeless people in Europe, and the voice of those who otherwise have nobody to speak their case. HOPE is founded from an interest to be connected at the European level since it is necessary to participate in the European discussion to get influence. Homeless people need to be more formally organized, to develop and adopt a program as well as to be more visible. The organisation is meant as a supplement to the already existing NGOs by being a direct link between the homeless and these organizations as well as being their personal homeless network. We are also in the role as advocates and lobbyists for all homeless in Europe. Our views for the future is to work to let HOPE grow and we work full time to give the homeless of Europe maximal support. What we need initially are more members who will give of their time and knowledge to build a strong organization, and – of course we need money to be able to operate. Please help us acquire new dedicated HOPE members who have a genuine interest in helping better the lives of homeless people in Europe! We are here to build a network for homeless people all over Europe. Our aim is to be political spokesmen toward the authorities, locally, nationally as well as at EU level to ensure that the homeless always get their rights and to better their situation, People sleeping out in doorways, parks, in derelict sites and in abandoned cars experience the extreme form of homelessness. This is what most of the public think of when they hear the word ‘homeless’. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The ‘invisible’ homeless, people who live in emergency accommodation, in shelters, hostels, refuges, in B&B`s or double share with friends and relatives, make up about 10 times the number of people sleeping rough. They are also without a home and in need of help. Another aspect is to provide proper and adequate health services for homeless people in all EU countries. This is of uttermost importance as statistics show that vulnerable and homeless people have a lot shorter life span then the “ordinary” citizens. If you feel there is missing/leftout information in the site feel free to write to: webmaster@homelessineurope.eu

Nanna Gotfredsen, Gadejuristen

Street corona-testing started this weekend in the two largest cities, Copenhagen and Aarhus, run by the regional hospitals. So far two persons (both are homeless migrant people from Copenhagen) found to be positive for COVID-19. Many others tested negative.

This morning we secured private funding for the Users' Academy project of the drug users' union, using their HepC-testing bus to test people for COVID-19. Many people who use drugs trust this user union a lot more than the public health system. They are concerned that testing positive for COVID-19 carries the risk of a forced quarantine. The Minister of Health and the Minister of Social Affairs finally sent a letter yesterday to all municipalities reminding them that withdrawal treatment, OST and other harm reduction services are “critical interventions”, even during quarantine. "I’m still not confident if this will happen in practice," says Nanna Gotfredsen. "The COVID-19-guidelines from the health board is really bad (it recommends to prescribe buprenorphine, which doesn’t work for most users here."

(Pictures are from the professional public outreach program.)

More info on Covid-19 and harm reduction: drogriporter.hu/en/how-harm-reducers-cope-with-the-corona-pandemic-in-europe/
If you have updates from your city about Covid-19 and harm reduction, please send it to us at rightsreporter(at)rightsreporter.net!
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Bogdan Komev, HOPS Healthy Options Project Skopje

After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, harm reduction services of HOPS- Healthy Options Project Skopje were modified but all clients are still covered. Drop-in centers are closed, but each service has a separate telephone number and contact person that responds to the client needs (Social service +38975437090, Legal service +38975423316, Medical service and exchange sterile injection kit +38975769948.)

Clients can also contact the services through all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website) where all updates related to COVID-19 prevention are published from the government of North Macedonia and from the WHO. Mobile outreach teams operate every day, where previously contacted clients are visited in front of their homes. Depending on the needs of the clients, the team consists of an outreach worker and a social worker, an outreach worker and a doctor, or an outreach worker and a lawyer. There are maximum two people included in one team, since we’re following government recommendations (two people per vehicle).

Outreach teams each day distribute sterile equipment (needles, syringes, distilled water, condoms, lubricants), food and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable (HOPS collaborates with other charities, plans humanitarian action to collect food and hygiene kits). Our outreach teams provide information related to COVID-19 to their clients and how to protect their health (such as recommendations from INPUD). Once a week a medical person (doctor) must be part of the outreach team to assess the general health of the population and to respond promptly if necessary.

�Opiate Substitution Therapy centers are open and clients receive their medicine regularly. The staff at the methadone centers have increased the degree of caution and prevented more patients (therapy being raised one at a time) and fully followed the recommendations for protective equipment by the government of North Macedonia and WHO.

"So far our team has been working bravely, unhindered, and dedicated to all those in need. We thank them for their empathy and sacrifice in these strange times, says Bogdan Kolev from HOPS Skopje.

More info on Covid-19 and harm reduction: drogriporter.hu/en/how-harm-reducers-cope-with-the-corona-pandemic-in-europe/
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