Ogólnopolska Federacja na rzecz Rozwiązywania Problemu Bezdomności
Ogólnopolska Federacja na rzecz Rozwiązywania Problemu Bezdomności (Polish National Federation for Solving the Problem of Homelessness) is a national umbrella organisation gathering national, regional and local entities involved in combating homelessness and housing exclusion. It was established in 2013 and registered as a union of associations (umbrella organisation) in 2016. The Federation currently has 24 members including nationwide service providers, such as St. Brother Albert's Aid Society and Monar, and regional/local organisations.
The above aim is implemented by:
- establishing a platform of communication, exchange of experiences and cooperation between the members of Federation and other entities working in the area of homelessness,
- advocacy of members' interests, as well as interests of homeless people, by addressing the parliament, the government, the local authorities and the general society,
- lobbying for effective legislation in the area of solving homelessness,
- proposing, reviewing and supporting implementation of policies, strategies and programmes preventing and combating homelessness, supporting social reintegration of homeless people and implementing standards of support for homeless people,
- promoting interdepartmental cooperation and local partnerships,
- education and research in the area of combating homelessness,
- social communication including events, campaigns and debates,
- promoting innovative solutions in combating homelessness.
The Federation is forbidden to conduct any activities in the area of direct support for homeless people that would be a multiplication or competition to its members' support activities (i.e. shelter and housing services).