Title:An evaluation of existing domestic research and data in the field of homelessness and a proposal for a further progress towards obtaining the key missing data on homelessness in the Czech Republic necessary for the designing of policies targeting this group
Project leader:PhDr. Věra Kuchařová, CSc.
Funding provider:MPSV
Co-worker:Kristýna Janurová, MA
Project leader-external:
Co-worker (external):Mgr. Petr Holpuch
Project start:2014
Project end:2014
Recipient:VÚPSV, v.v.i.

The aim of this project was to assemble and evaluate existing domestic data sources (statistics, censuses, documents etc.) and finished research projects, focusing on homelessness in the broadest sense of the word. Specifically it meant to find out, where possible, the numbers of people in the different categories of homeless and of people vulnerable to becoming homeless (i.e. apparent, hidden and potential homeless). The target groups have been defined in accordance with the European Typology of Homelessness and Housing Exclusion (ETHOS). The available data was assembled and possibilities of broadening and improving the quality of the different types of data were looked for.
The final report presents a commented overview of data sources on different categories of people who have become homeless or are in their current life situation prone to becoming homeless. We have found that in order to produce an image of homelessness as concrete and reliable as possible it is necessary to respect its different modes and manifestations. For some of them, however, relevant statistical data are not available in the desired extent and depth or are not being collected at all. The project could not provide an information on the aggregate estimated or probabilistic number of homeless in the different modes of homelessness, but focused on assembling the current most reliable data for each of the categories defined by the ETHOS typology.
The four conceptual categories of ETHOS (“roofless”, “houseless”, “insecure” and “inadequate”) form the basis of the structure of the resulting report. These sections are further divided into chapters bearing the titles of the operational categories contained in them and these are further subdivided according to national subcategories which have been defined for the Czech Republic. The conclusion of each of the chapters provides an evaluation of the data used therein and proposals of broadening or developing the data sources, or possibly a discussion regarding the need to collect a particular type of data in the form given by the structure of the Czech national ETHOS subcategories, with respect to the economic efficiency of such an undertaking and to the broader utility of the data.

Co-workers: Mgr. Mgr. Jana Barvíková, PhD., PhD., Kristýna Peychlová, MA, Ing. Sylva Höhne