US Government finds criminalisation of homelessness unconstitutional

August 2015 - The US government has declared that it is unconstitutional to pass measures that criminalise the life-sustaining activities of people who are homeless.  Thanks in large part to the campaigning and education activities of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (http://www.nlchp.org) at the United Nations, the government has recognised that criminalisation measures including bans on sitting, lying, camping, etc., in fact violate human rights.  This is pertinent to EU countries as well, since these measures violate human rights foun


To cc or not to cc – The effect of collective complaints in practice

On November 10, 2014 the Decisions on the Merits were published for two Collective Complaints against The Netherlands. The first complaint was submitted by FEANTSA and deals with access criteria and availability of shelter for homeless people in the Netherlands. The second complaint was submitted by the Conference of European Churches and deals with access to shelter and basic amenities (water, food, clothing) for undocumented migrants.


Tchokontio Happi v. France [09.04.2015] App. 65829/12

In the case of Tchokontio Happi v. France (application no. 65829/12) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case concerned a failure to enforce a final judgment granting the applicant accommodation in the context of the law on the enforceable right to housing (known as the “DALO” Act). This is the first time that the Court has dealt with an application against France concerning non-enforcement of a decision to grant housing.


C-69037/10 Pelipenko v. Russia [16.01.2014]

Decided on 16 January 2014

Relevant Articles: Article 41 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms



C-57/12 Belgian Federation of Private Rest Homes (Femarbel) ASBL v Brussels-Capital Joint Community Commission [11.7.2013]

In this case (Femarbel), over night care centres can be considered as a kind of accommodation, because they provide both social care and healthcare.

Directive 2006/123/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on services in the internal market (OJ 2006 L 376, p. 36) aims to facilitate free movement of services within the EU. It expressly excludes healthcare services (including housing) from its scope of application, but covers elderly care.


Shattered Dreams Impact of Spain’s Housing Crisis on Vulnerable Groups


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Hopeful home purchases during Spain’s economic boom have turned into a nightmare of foreclosures, evictions, and over-indebtedness amid the economic crisis.