In May 2017, Infirmiers de Rue - founded by Ashoka Fellow Emilie Meesen - co-launched the “400 Toits” campaign to end homelessness in Brussels with other Belgian foundations and organisations*. The initiators of the campaign have an ambitious dream: to find 400 permanent roofs for all homeless people sleeping in the streets of Brussels by the end of 2020.
Their first point of action? Mapping out the Brussels’ homeless people and their different needs. This past June, more than 350 volunteers gathered to interview Brussels’ homeless and collect qualitative informations on their profile and degree of vulnerability. The Brussels based volunteers met over 540 homeless people and conducted 299 interviews on their situation, a truly transformative experience for all of the involved.
The “400 Toits” campaign is part of a bigger, Global movement, coordinated by Building and Social Housing Foundation and the FEANTSA, to end homelessness at a large scale. Infirmiers de Rue’s involvement begun when Emilie met American fellow Rosanne Haggerty, founder of Common Ground. Rosanne is part of the European “ending homelessness” movement and advised Emilie and her team in the launch of the Brussels campaign. This international fellow collaboration is a powerful illustration of the peer to peer relationships generated through the Ashoka network.
Check out the website of the campaign here
*Habitat & Humanisme, Archi Human, L’entraide Saint-Gilloise, Le Forum Bruxellois pour la lutte contre la pauvreté, SoHONet and 4Wings Foundation