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ESF+ – Social innovation practices to combat homelessness – 2023

European Social Fund + - Main EU instrument to invest in human resources and to implement the European pillar of social rights.

15 million euro

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Program European Social Fund +
Institution European Commission
Sectors Citizenship & Human Rights Cooperation & Development Housing Social Economy
Beneficiaries Association & NGO EU & International Organisation Local Authority & Affiliated Entity Research centre & university State administration & affiliated entities Training organisation & school
Regions Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To implement and evaluate innovative projects and/or policy measures through social experimentation, piloting and evaluating social innovation practices in the field of homelessness and housing exclusion
  • To build the capacity and knowledge of a large number of local, regional and national stakeholders active in the area of homelessness and housing exclusion


  • Priority 1: social experimentation interventions defined as policy interventions that offer innovative response to social needs, implemented on a small scale, prior to being implemented in other contexts or on a larger scale, if the results prove convincing
  • Priority 2: capacity building of key stakeholders active in the experimentation interventions, notably local, regional and national stakeholders and civil society organisations

Among financed actions

  • Pilot innovative projects and practices in the field of homelessness and housing exclusion, putting in place a robust and rigorous ex-ante and ex-post evaluation framework
  • Integrated approaches to homelessness, covering areas such as prevention, access to housing, including housing-led approaches, and enabling services
  • Training opportunities and other resources for homelessness service providers to grow the organisation’s knowledge and delivery capacity around homelessness service
  • Help with efficient access and use of EU funds to combat homelessness and housing exclusion

Additional information

  • This call of proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 36 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a public or private entity
  • Be a non-profit making entity
  • Be a public authority, international organisation, educational institution, research centres or company
  • Total budget of the call: 15 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 2 and 5 million euro
  • Cofinancing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs

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