The textbook Precarious Housing in Europe – A critical guide on cross-cutting issues around precarious housing in the Old Continent is now printed and available online to provide a profound and solid synthesis and analysis of the critical elements of housing precariousness. Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 – “Informal settlements” and “Homelessness” – were drafted by the research team of the Open Society Institute – Sofia and present the scope, causes and dynamics of homelessness and illegally built housing and settlements such as migrant camps, neighbourhoods with a high concentration of poverty and often ethnically segregated and marginalized urban areas.
Other publications and documents
The “10 Keys” is a very handy practical communication manual on how to create consistent and engaging human rights messages. The manual is available in all EU languages plus in Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Turkish, and Russian.
National Survey on Roma Educational Attainment and Employment – Key Findings from a nationally representative study of the Roma community in Bulgaria (January 2020)
This data will help inform the work of non-governmental organizations and public entities in the fields of education and employment.
Illegal and informal housing is a problem in Bulgaria. Demolishing Roma neighborhoods does not solve the problem. This Handbook presents a model that works as a viable alternative to evictions and demolition. Through urban planning, municipalities can endorse or amend zoning plans to allow families to formalize built houses and buy the plots of land where they live. As a result, municipalities will achieve greater stability, security, and economic opportunity for all.
In this book, the authors have tried to compact the bulk of what has been done under the Care for Truth project. The resource materials developed would be useful to all those who directly or indirectly deal with the topics of anti-Roma disinformation, fake news, safer internet.
In “Teaching with Poverty in Mind: The Impact of Poverty on Children’s Brains and How Schools Can Help”, veteran educator Eric Jensen takes an unflinching look at poverty and how it harms children, families, and communities in the United States.
The report presents the synthesized findings from these assessments (combining the various data sources) to identify policy bottlenecks and opportunities for two types of dwellers in the selected neighborhoods: 1) dwellers of marginalized housing units; and 2) dwellers of the government-subsidized social housing units.