The Role of NGOs in the Governance of Homelessness in Hungary and Slovenia

This paper offers some insights into the governance of homeless services provision in two post-socialist countries – Hungary and Slovenia – focusing on the emerging roles of NGOs since the transition.

The analysis is carried out within the complex framework of changes in social welfare service delivery and the emergence of multi-level governance (national, county and local) in homeless services provision. The paper addresses the current roles of, and relationships between, NGOs in the homeless sector, highlighting differences and similarities between the two countries.

The authors conclude that two formerly similar Central and Eastern European countries have diverged in their development of homeless services and that this divergence is closely linked to how decentralisation has occurred, how NGOs are represented in service provision, and the relative size of the countries and their homeless populations. 

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European Observatory on Homelessness
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European Journal of Homelessness