PIEs and HF in Europe

Finding a common language

Despite the best efforts of researchers and policy makers, differences between our languages have in the past inhibited the practitioner dialogue with other European nations over the development of services and approaches comparable to the PIE developments in the UK.  

Yet we believe that the UK is not alone in developing new approaches in homelessness, and in using creativity in engagement. A special issue of the FEANTSA journal in 2017 was devoted to the recognition of trauma in homelessness, including one paper specifically on PIEs

With the publication in 2018 of 'Cross-cultural dialogues on homelessness; from Pretreatment to Psychologically Informed Environments', and a (linked) Linked In page discussion, some more extended dialogue on PIEs may now be beginning.  We will have here a few attempts to open the discussion on homelessness and mental health needs across the channel.


Finland is often cited as the country that has shown that Housing First can work just as well in the context of Europe’s more extensive welfare state values, and the social charter.

We have here a report, and the beginnings of a discussion with one of the pioneers, Y Foundation, on the underlying characteristics of successful supported housing programmes.

Meanwhile, following an extensive multi-site pilot, the French state has recently committed itself to Housing First as a policy, although – in contrast to the US - there it is envisaged as one amongst many equally legitimate strands of social action.

2016 saw the first presentation on PIEs in France, and in French - 'L'environnement informé' -  in Paris, at the conference "Quelle hospitalité pour les personnes en rupture de liens?"

The 'Quelle hospitalité" conference was convened by Claude Chevrier, of Pole Rosa Luxembourg; for more on Claude's work, see "L'acceuil" and the interview, 'A PIE in Paris?'   (en Francais, "Une PIE a Paris?').

See also: Trauma in homelessness - FEANTSA magazine special issue.

See also: Miriam Castaldo on multi-disciplinary work and the application of anthropology in homelessness services in Rome

See also: Strnad & Masat on the history of institutionalised exclusion and the almost punitive operation of 'staircase' models in the post-Soviet Czech republic

See also: Joan Smith on the difficulties in defining homelessness with any consistency, for comparative research purposes, within differing European political and social policy contexts


 L’ environnement informé : cinq ou six principes de base (Powerpoint presentation) HERE

(from: "Quelle hospitalité pour les personnes en rupture de liens?"  NB: Further material on this conference is still in preparation)

This event was followed by a handful of visits, some of which are recorded and available, including

"The democracy of pidgin" HERE

"Une conversation avec Anne-Paul Lerosier" HERE

Conceptualiser "l'acceuil"  HERE

"A PIE in Paris?/Une PIE à Paris?"

A human adventure; an address to the Interval 2013 symposium, HERE

FEANTSA magazine special issue: Trauma and Homelessness HERE

A Home of Your Own; housing first in Finland HERE

Towards a multidisciplinary approach to health: considerations for a European survey HERE

Homelessness in the Czech republic HERE

Problems in understanding youth homelessness in four European societies with different levels of service provision and definitions of homelessness HERE