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Czech adoption of "housing first" policy through strategizing of a new type of policy actor
The idea that families and people in housing need should not be placed in shelters, but in standard housing with social work support originated in the USA. It has been gradually adopted by European actors, among others by the group of young academic activists from the Czech Republic. In my contribution I deal not only with the acceptability of policy that was categorized as too radical for many of the established actors but with the conditions of acceptability of new types of policy actors. Academic activists established an activist network campaigning for the right to housing and invited people in housing need to be members of the network. This further contributed to the perception of the policy being too "activist" even among some NGOs. The paper analyses how the network balances its activist and expert practice to influence actors in the field and contribute to the acceptability of the policy.