Homelessness Policy Workshop, 10th July 2019

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Homelessness Policy Workshop, 10th July 2019

Policy workshop: Innovative approaches to housing vulnerable and socially excluded people

10th July 2019, LSE

An outline programme for the event is available here: Homelessness Workshop Programme

Homelessness is now at its highest level for many years and innovative solutions are needed to help ensure that everyone has access to a home. Homelessness has many diverse causes, yet in each case represents a human tragedy.

Many people will struggle to find a way out of homelessness on their own, with isolation and a lack of support also contributing directly to homelessness itself. Homelessness, and the risk of it, fills people with desperation and creates or reinforces a sense of failure and exclusion.  

Homelessness is becoming an ever more serious problem, partly because the support of cheap accommodation is shrinking. Councils increasingly rely on private renting for temporary accommodation to house homeless families. Evictions from both private and social housing have become more common. Benefit changes, including the introduction of Universal Credit, put more pressure on households that are struggling.. Social landlords are driven by business pressures and cannot fill the gaps without more public subsidy and funding.

These pressures drive the rise in homelessness and in the growing numbers of families in temporary accommodation. They also reflect harsher social conditions more generally and a steep reduction in government support for low cost housing and other kinds of help. People suffering trauma, isolation and mental stress, need targeted and specialist help once they have a roof over their heads.

There is now new thinking among those engaged with homelessness, in both policy and practice, on how best to get people housed and supported on a track that gives them a real chance of success. We would like you to attend and participate in this workshop to help us share these ideas and evidence of best practice.  

This very important workshop on 10th July at LSE will explore case studies that demonstrate how homeless people can progress; what impact more person-centred and intensive support is having; and what more landlords and community organisations can do to help.

We are aiming to produce a resource document which shows innovative examples of what works and a practical guide to help people through some of the hurdles and maximise the opportunities there are to prevent and to tackle homelessness.

We know that coming together to share experiences and ideas always help generate solutions. So we very much hope you will send one or two people from your organisation to help us come up with breakthrough ideas on key solutions for preventing and addressing homelessness.  

The Housing Plus Academy workshop will run at the LSE for one day. We charge the lowest possible rate- £95 for social landlords and larger organisations; £55 for smaller landlords (under 5000 units) and groups; £15 for homeless charities and community groups helping homeless people directly. We want to make it as easy as possible for those groups to contribute. Any organisations sending two or more participants pay a reduced rate (£10 discount per extra participant).

Costs:

  • £95 per participant for social landlords and larger organisations
  • £55 per participant for smaller housing organisations (under 5000 units)
  • £15 for homeless charities and community groups helping homeless people directly

Please contact us if you cannot manage the full cost. We have a small fund for this purpose.

Please contact Ellie Benton at LSE on e.benton@lse.ac.uk or 0207 107 5470 for more information or to book.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT

The Housing Plus Academy aims to reflect the diversity of social housing, its staff, tenants and customers, because we believe that diversity gives us access to better ideas, innovation and solutions. We provide an environment in which everyone feels welcome whatever their ethnic background, gender, age, youth, disability, or creed. We encourage people from a wide variety of backgrounds to join us, especially staff and tenants from small and community based organisations.

 

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