Overview

14 Oct, 20209:40 am-12:40 pm15 Oct, 20209:40 am-1:30 pm
Online Conference
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The Tackling Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Forum will take place online across the two mornings of 14th and 15th October.


This online forum offers the platform to explore the current landscape and challenges facing homeless people and rough sleeping across the UK, providing practical insights from those leading the way in forging innovative solutions to tackling homelessness across England.

What to expect from an online event:

  • 2-Day Conference delivered via the next generation conference engagement platform Swapcard
  • Opportunities for virtual networking and discussion
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Live interaction tools and break out rooms
  • Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
  • Post-event resources to facilitate implementation of key takeaways

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Policy Background

According to research from the Local Government Association (LGA), councils collectively spent £663m on homelessness services in 2018-19. With an increasing demand for homelessness services, councils are struggling to stay within the budget for these services and there have been increasing calls for the government to invest in homelessness prevention.

The publication of the Homelessness Reduction Act in 2017 increased the focus on preventing and relieving homelessness by renewing the focus of working in partnership to provide better services to those who are homeless. This was closely followed by the Rough Sleeping Strategy, published by the Government in 2018, which set out a vision to end all rough sleeping by 2027 through prevention, intervention and recovery. In an effort to support vulnerable veterans, an at-risk group for homelessness, the government announced the creation of a £1 million fund to boost the support for this group. This funding, announced in March 2019, will be shared amongst ten combine authorities and the Greater London Authority to provide veterans with services to help them adjust to civilian life. The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenkins, announced in February that the Government will provide £16.6 million to 75 projects across England to provide refuge services for victims of domestic abuse to ensure they are able to access safe permanent housing.

The Government also implemented changes to the housing system to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness. In April 2019, the Government announced that they plan to abolish Section 21 evictions, meaning that private renters cannot be evicted without a legitimate reason from their landlord. This was announced to ensure that tenant rights are protected and that those renting from the private sector have more security. As part of the Rough Sleeping Strategy, the Government announced that it would be launching a Rapid Rehousing Pathway fund which would help support local authorities in establishing clear pathways to long-term housing solutions for the homeless.  In 2018 this led to 11 areas piloting the Somewhere Safe to Stay assessment hubs for rough sleepers, followed by 42 additional early adopter fares being announced by February 2019.

The increase in levels of rough sleeping and homelessness in the UK has prompted the government to boost investment to help those on the street and implement preventative measures to stop rough sleeping in the first instance. The Government announced an additional £112 million in January 2020 as part of the Rough Sleeping Initiative, this funding will be made available to local authorities, charities and other public sector organisations to create 6,000-bed spaces across the country. Additionally, Jobcentres across the UK will benefit from an extra £3 million funding to support homeless people across the country, including creating outreach teams to help rough sleepers to find work, claim benefits and secure stable accommodation.

With the average UK resident being just two paycheques away from homelessness at any given time, it is vital that local authorities, housing associations and other public sector organisations are prepared to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. There are over 4,600 people sleeping rough across England overnight so it is vital that local services utilise innovate methods of funding and providing services to ensure all local people experience a fundamental quality of life. The Government’s aim of ending rough sleeping by 2027 means that working in partnership across the voluntary and public sector is more important than ever.

Key Speakers

Molly Bishop photo
Molly Bishop
Strategic Lead for Homelessness
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Rick Henderson photo
Rick Henderson
Chief Executive
Homeless Link
Bill Tidnam photo
Bill Tidnam
Chief Executive
Thames Reach
Sarah Davidge photo
Sarah Davidge
Research and Evaluation Manager
Women’s Aid

Agenda

  • Day 1 - 14th October, 09:40 - 12:40
  • Day 2 - 15th October, 09:40 - 13:30
9:40 am
Conference Login and Accessing the Online Platform

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9:50 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Bill Tidnam
Bill Tidnam
Chief Executive
Thames Reach
Confirmed
10:00 am
Morning Keynote: Examining the Current Barriers to Ending Homelessness and the Need for Collaborative Working
  • Outlining the current challenges facing the UK in relation to tackling the homelessness and rough sleeping crisis, including the Vagrancy Act
  • Understanding the current campaigns being run by Crisis, including the ‘A life in Limbo’ campaign that ends the use of unsuitable temporary accommodation for more than seven days
  • Discussing the progress made towards meeting solutions to end homelessness set out in the ‘Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain‘ report published in 2018, including preventative measures to stop people becoming homeless and creating effective housing solutions to support this preventative work
  • Highlighting the need for a long term vision to tackle the homelessness crisis within the UK and the need for partnerships working at a local and national level to improve services and make an end to homelessness a reality
Matthew Downie MBE
Matthew Downie MBE
Director of Policy and External Affairs
Crisis
Confirmed
10:20 am
Tackling Homelessness and Rough Sleeping - Lessons From a Housing Association

This is an opportunity to hear about an exciting new service for single homeless clients which is being delivered in partnership by Sovereign Housing Association, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Outcome Home. The aim of the service is to create a safe, stable, positive and homely environment for people who have slept rough and been living in emergency accommodation for the last 5 months. With input from peer mentors and clinical psychologists from the outset of the project, this service holds co-production, PIE and the prevention of repeat homelessness at its core.

Claudette Chiroodza
Claudette Chiroodza
Housing Service Manager (Temporary accommodation)
Sovereign Housing Association
Confirmed
Rachel Fletcher
Rachel Fletcher
Social Inclusion Manager
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Confirmed
Charlie Wood
Charlie Wood
Lead Peer Mentor (Basingstoke)
Outcome Home
Confirmed
Dr Stephanie Barker
Dr Stephanie Barker
Psychologist, Outcome Home & Research Fellow
University of Southampton
Confirmed
10:40 am
Questions and Answers Session

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11:00 am
Break
11:20 am
Case Study: Working in Partnership Organisations to Establish Preventative Measures to Eliminate Rough Sleeping
  • Outlining how Bradford Council developed their homelessness and rough sleeping strategy around the principles of early intervention and partnership working with the voluntary and faith sector
  • Understanding how Bradford council aim to reduce rough sleeping through No Second Night Out services and introduce day shelter services to help provide a safe space for rough sleepers to access services and appropriate accommodation
  • Highlighting how working with the faith and voluntary sector helps to provide access to food, clothing and bathing facilities in a community setting
  • Working in partnership with the health and social care sector to address the needs of rough sleepers, and thoroughly reviewing the deaths of rough sleepers to ensure that future services can reduce these
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw
Regeneration, Planning and Transport
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Confirmed
11:40 am
Case Study: Working in Partnership to Support Rough Sleepers During Covid-19
  • Outlining how London Borough of Haringey created an entirely new homelessness system in hotels, former care homes and night shelters in response to the ‘Everybody In’ directive
  • Highlighting the key role of partnership and collaboration in providing immediate and long-term outcomes for people placed in accommodation during lockdown
  • Understanding the health impacts and outcomes observed during lockdown and the plans to embed this in long-term planning for homelessness and inclusion health
  • Outlining initiatives to address racism and racial inequality in homelessness services and commissioning, which has come from global and local events during this period
Gill Taylor
Gill Taylor
Strategic Lead – Single Homelessness & Vulnerable Adults
Haringey Council
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Case Study: Providing Housing Solutions to Domestic Abuse Survivors to Prevent Homelessness
  • Exploring how the Amari Project, and the Rhea project, run in collaboration between Solace Women’s Aid and Commonweal Housing, provided housing for women fleeing sexual exploitation and survivors of domestic abuse
  • Understanding the complex needs of this group, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use issues, as well as childcare responsibilities, and the support these require beyond the services of emergency accommodation
  • Outlining how these projects have enabled women to move on to independent living – showing the significance that good quality housing had on their recovery
  • Discussing how the combination of suitable, independent living and trauma-informed support enables women to recover and avoid homelessness and rough sleeping
Connie Muttock
Connie Muttock
Policy and Communications Manager
Commonweal Housing
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Questions and Answers Session

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12:40 pm
Chair's Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change

Bill Tidnam
Bill Tidnam
Chief Executive
Thames Reach
Confirmed
9:40 am
Conference Login and Accessing the Online Platform

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9:50 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Bill Tidnam
Bill Tidnam
Chief Executive
Thames Reach
Confirmed
10:00 am
Morning Keynote: Outlining the Current Landscape of Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Across the UK
  • Understanding the impact that the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 has had on the rights of homeless people in England and the renewed focus it has given to ending homelessness
  • Highlighting the lessons learnt on tackling rough sleeping and homelessness during the Covid-19 pandemic, including analysing the government’s response to protecting the homelessness population
  • Outlining the current government strategy for tackling homelessness and rough sleeping, including increased funding for the Cold Weather Fund and increasing funding available to local councils in the form of the Homelessness Reduction Grant to provide a radical change in the way services are provided to the homeless
  • Discussing the ‘A Safe Home’ campaign established by the APPG for Ending Homelessness to ensuring that people fleeing domestic abuse are guaranteed a safe home from their council
Nickie Aiken MP
Nickie Aiken MP
Vice-Chair
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness
Confirmed
10:20 am
Special Keynote: Examining Greater Manchester’s Approach to End Rough Sleeping
  • Developing and delivering an ‘A Bed Every Night’ principle for Greater Manchester
  • Discussing the Greater Manchester Model for Unified Public Services and what it means for ending rough sleeping
  • Building engagement and collaboration across local government, voluntary and community organisation, housing providers and wider public services
  • Highlighting the importance of public engagement and the steps taken to encourage participation and action
Molly Bishop
Molly Bishop
Strategic Lead for Homelessness
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Confirmed
10:40 am
Question and Answers Session

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11:00 am
Break
11:20 am
Understanding the Relationship between Domestic Abuse and Homelessness
  • Discussing how challenging housing conditions and homelessness can be the high price survivors pay for escaping abuse
  • Outlining how the No Woman Turned Away Project supports women who have been unable to access refuge accommodation to help these women avoided rough sleeping and homelessness whilst waiting for refuge accommodation
  • Highlighting the challenges facing domestic abuse victims accessing refuge spaces including, ties to local areas, mental health support needs and disabilities
  • Discussing the survivor’s experiences of working with local housing and social services, including a lack of affordable housing for women and their children
  • Sharing the current gaps in services for finding refuge for domestic abuse survivors and how local authorities, housing associations and the voluntary sector need to work together to improve these services
  • Understanding the importance of providing specialist services for women to ensure that suitable refuge is found
Sarah Davidge
Sarah Davidge
Research and Evaluation Manager
Women’s Aid
Confirmed
11:40 am
Case Study: Successfully Bidding for and Utilising Funding to Create Homelessness Pathways
  • Outlining how Nottingham City Council successfully bid for over £1.2 million in funding from the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative
  • Understanding how this funding will be utilised to provide specialist services to those leaving prison or hospital to ensure they have a safe living environment, as well as creating emergency shelters and supported housing
  • Highlighting how Nottingham City Council was the first city to pilot a Somewhere Safe to Stay hub (SSTS), a rapid rehousing pathway initiative, this centre assigns rough sleepers a dedicated adviser to help provide more permanent housing situations
  • Discussing how Nottingham City Council plan to utilise this latest funding to build on existing initiatives and provide a much-needed pathway back to permanent housing for those with complex needs
  • The refocusing of the RSI in line with Covid 19 to align it with priorities to address the pandemic and impact on provision of rough sleeping provision
Anne-Marie Furnell
Anne-Marie Furnell
Acting Homelessness Strategy Manager
Nottingham City Council
Confirmed
12:00 am
Questions and Answers Session

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12:15 pm
Break
12:30 pm
Case Study: Establishing Robust Healthcare Pathways for Rough Sleepers to Reduce Discharge to the Streets
  • Outlining how the Pathway Homeless Team based at The Royal London Hospital aims to ensure that rough sleepers admitted to hospital do not get discharged back to the streets
  • Understanding how this award-winning scheme works closely with staff within the hospital and housing and social care organisations to ensure that individuals are discharged to a safe place
  • Exploring the complex physical and mental health problems experienced by those who are homeless and the impact it can have to utilise community support to ensure they are not returned to the street
  • Discussing how the team encourage rough sleepers or those in temporary accommodation to register with a doctor to ensure they can be provided with specialist services and help find permanent accommodation
Dr Peter Buchman
Dr Peter Buchman
Clinical Lead, Pathway Homeless Team
Royal London Hospital
Confirmed
12:50 pm
Closing Keynote: Delivering National Projects and Providing Support to Reduce Homelessness in the UK
  • Discussing the commitments needed from Government to increase funding for local authorities to ensure that they can implement comprehensive homelessness strategies
  • Understanding the support provided by Homeless Link to tackle a variety of issues, including the Youth Homelessness project, Housing First England, StreetLink, Ending Women’s Homelessness grants and the Day Centres Project
  • Exploring the resources provided by Homeless Link to help local authorities, charities and other public sector organisations to develop strategies and services for rough sleepers with complex needs
  • Highlighting how Homeless Link supports designated homelessness charities across the UK  and outlining how funding, such as the Cold Weather Fund will be allocated
  • Outlining the need for multi-agency working to end the homelessness crisis by breaking the barriers that stop vital services being provided to individuals with no permanent residence
Rick Henderson
Rick Henderson
Chief Executive
Homeless Link
Confirmed
1:10 pm
Questions and Answers Session

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1:30 pm
Chair's Closing Address

*Programme subject to change

Bill Tidnam
Bill Tidnam
Chief Executive
Thames Reach
Confirmed

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for Local Authorities, Housing Associations, and the Voluntary Sector, including:

  • Heads of Homelessness
  • Homelessness Service Managers
  • Neighbourhood Managers
  • Housing Advisers
  • Community Services Managers
  • Executive Directors of Housing Services
  • Directors of Housing Support
  • Advice Service Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Youth Homelessness Workers
  • Councillors
This Forum is also open to the Private Sector for networking purposes and to encourage debate.

Pricing

  • Public Sector
    £295.00 +VAT
  • Voluntary Sector
    £245.00 +VAT
  • Private Sector
    £395.00 +VAT