Breadth, Drivers and Impact of Homelessness in Moldova - a research project (with Oak Foundation)
Overall, the study did more than initially proposed. In fact, the study does not have significant empirical, methodological or other shortfalls. However, in the future we would like to explore more in-depth other aspects of the lives of homeless people in Moldova: homeless people's access to health services, the social policies towards the homeless from the Soviet time until now, and the social visibility of the homeless in public urban space.
Throughout this project, we learned many important things about homeless people living in Moldova. First of all, we have discovered several paths to homelessness and risk factors. Some of these paths and factors are specific to Moldova and the region, such as those caused by the massive precariousness of the 1990s (after the collapse of the USSR). Secondly, we have discovered some factors of housing vulnerability that will increase the number of homeless people in the near future, unless addressed through systemic measures. The information collected and analysed in this research will help us to further articulate research questions focused on specific points of interest, such as access to health or public policy addressing homelessness.
Based on this research we published some articles on certain web portals (esp. platzforma.md). In the near future (September 2018), we will present the results of this research to the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Health. We have made some presentations, both in Moldova and abroad, in which we synthesized the results of the research. At the same time, we prepare articles for publication in academic journals in English. Finally, a book will contain the full study.
Using the results of this research, disseminated through articles and public presentations, we will help the Ministry and non-profit organizations to initiate and implement evidence-based policies and services for homeless people in Moldova.
Total project budget: 30.000 (USD), from which about 40% were paid for taxes and social contributions in the Republic of Moldova.