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Addressing Homelessness: Reducing-Preventing-Ending

  • Tuesday, 19 September 2017
  • The Studio, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 16:15
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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Mark McPherson, Director of Strategy, Partnership and Innovation, Homeless Link (confirmed)
"Welcome and introduction"

Keynote Address

  • Clive Betts MP, Chair, Communities and Local Government Select Committee (confirmed)
"Tackling Homelessness and Rough Sleeping"

Latest figures reveal that homelessness and rough sleeping are on the rise with a 51% increase in the number of people living on the streets during the last two years. What needs to be done to reverse this trend and ensure that everyone has a safe place to stay?

"The Causes of Homelessness"

There is a plethora of reasons why a person of family may find themselves homeless. Currently, losing a private tenancy is cited as the most common reason, however, welfare reforms, relationship breakdown, health issues, poverty and housing shortages are also some of the many factors that can render a person homeless.

  • Martin Gill, Centrepoint, Director of Housing and Support (confirmed)
"Young and Homeless"

Half of all people that are seeking help with homelessness from local authorities and charities are under the age of 25. Similarly, over half of people living in homeless services are young people in the same age bracket. Young people traditionally have additional challenges to overcome with issues such as education, training and skills, substance misuse and mental illness. The regulations recently laid out by the government preventing 18 to 21 year olds from claiming the housing element of Universal Credit are feared may heighten the risks to young people of becoming homeless or sofa surfing.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

  • Fay Selvan, Chief Executive, Big Issue North (confirmed)
"Changing Demograpics "

Big Issue North has always provided people at the bottom of society with opportunities to earn an income. This session will give the audience an insight into the changing demography of our vendor, and the complexity of meeting housing needs for poor people in the UK today.


Amanda Croome, CEO, Booth Centre (confirmed)

Jo Wilson, Volunteer, Booth Centre (confirmed)

"Re-designing Services Through Co-production"

This presentation will share the experience of The Manchester Homeless Charter and Partnership which is working to re-design homeless services in Manchester bringing together statutory services, voluntary and faith based organisations, businesses, the Universities and most importantly people with experience of homelessness.

"Improving Access to Settled Homes"

The availability of suitable, affordable accommodation is key in preventing and alleviating homelessness. With social housing evictions running at 17,500 a year, allocations to homeless households down and slump in new supply, government is looking to the private rental sector to tackle homelessness. Over the last 20 years, this sector has seen considerable expansion but has become more difficult for low-income households to access. Many families cannot afford a privately rented home, or encounter landlords unwilling to let to benefit claimants. Growing numbers are trapped for years in insecure temporary accommodation, while many low-income renters have no choice but to accept unsuitable homes, poor conditions and bad landlords. What needs to change?

  • Dr. Chris O’Leary, Director, Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University (confirmed)
"Understanding the underlying causes of homelessness in the private rented sector: evidence from a mixed methods research project"

The number of people who state that the end of their private rented sector tenancy was followed by an episode of homeless has increased in recent years. Rupps (2008), undertaking research at the height of the financial crisis and using data from the homeless charity Shelter, estimates that fifteen per cent of tenancy terminations were followed by an episode of homelessness. Drawing on local authority data on statutory homelessness presentations, the Department of Communities and Local Government believes that over thirty percent of terminations are now followed by an episode of homelessness (DCLG, 2016). Are these accurate and comparable estimates of the levels of homelessness in former private rented sector tenants? What might explain this increase? What factors might be material? Do (a) differences in the types of accommodation accessed; (b) whether the tenancy was the outcome of referral by a local authority; (c) types of landlords and whether the tenant had previous experience of homelessness, matter? What might we learn from data and evidence around the risks, causes and trigger events for homelessness more generally, and how homelessness can be prevented or its duration and impact reduced? I will present findings from a piece of mixed methods research commissioned by the Residential Landlords’ Association to understand the underlying causes of homelessness in the private rented sector. The research draws on interviews with key stakeholders, a survey of landlords, secondary data analysis and work with homeless former private rented sector tenants.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Ivan Lewis MP and Councillor Beth Knowles, Joint leads in Homelessness for Greater Manchester Mayor (confirmed)

" Eradicating Homelessness in Greater Manchester"

Data from the government shows that the number of children in B&Bs and hostels across the Manchester city region has more than doubled in two years, to 1,600. Andy Burnham has pledged to eradicate homelessness in Greater Manchester by the end of his first term as metro mayor.

  • David Parker-Radford, Homeless Health Programme Manager, The Queen’s Nursing Institute (confirmed)
"Homelessness Aware Healthcare"

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has an aim to improve the quality of healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. As such, it manages a national homeless health programme which researches homeless and inclusion health issues, shares relevant news and supports the development of good practice through innovation funding and learning events.

QNI Homeless Health Programme

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  • Laura Dodge, Marketing and Communications Manager, Streetwise Opera (confirmed)
"Arts: The missing piece in the homelessness puzzle"

Find out how Streetwise Opera uses music to help people who have experienced homelessness make positive changes in their lives. The award-winning charity runs workshop programmes across England, stages critically-acclaimed operas and manages With One Voice, an international arts and homelessness movement. Streetwise Opera’s work shows that the arts play a vital role in improving wellbeing and increasing social inclusion – key issues in tackling homelessness.


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Break

"Housing First Project"

Housing First Anglesey provides residential support to homeless people with complex needs. It is currently the only project of its type in Wales.
Housing First differs from the traditional method of housing homeless people as it takes people with complex needs and places them straight into their own rented accommodation. A 24-hour intensive support package is provided to ensure that all the individual’s needs are met and they can then begin to address the underlying issues that caused their homelessness.

  • Tatiana Gren-Jardan, Victim Support and Partnerships Adviser, Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (confirmed)
"Understanding and Responding to Modern Slavery Within the Homelessness Sector"

This report evidences the link between homelessness and modern day slavery. It found that people living on the streets in the UK are at risk of becoming victims of modern slavery. Those that are homeless are vulnerable to the approaches of rogue employers offering work and accommodation whilst the reality is one of exploitation in appalling circumstances. An estimated 10-13,000 people in the UK fall victim to such exploitation, often rendering them destitute and homeless.

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If you think someone is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999. In order to protect the potential victim, do not attempt to inform them of your actions.
If you think someone is a potential victim but there is no immediate threat to life, please call the local police on 101.
To refer a potential victim of modern slavery confidentially call the Salvation Army Referral Helpline 0300 3038151 available 24/7
Alternatively, you can call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.


Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Academics, Analysts and Researchers
  • Benefits Officers
  • Board members
  • Chairs
  • Chief Executives
  • Clinicians
  • Commissioning Officers
  • Community Care Leads
  • Community Development Team Officers
  • Community Engagement Officers
  • Consultants in Public Health/Diet/Rehabilitation
  • Councillors
  • Developers
  • Directors
  • Directors of Care Services
  • Directors/Heads Homelessness & Asylum Services
  • Directors/Heads of Adult Social Services
  • Directors/Heads of Housing
  • Directors/Heads of Housing Associations
  • Directors/Heads of Integrated Care
  • Directors/Heads of Public Health
  • Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Practitioners
  • Family Support Officers
  • Finance Directors
  • GPs
  • Heads of Charities/Third Sector Organisations
  • Heads of Housing Trusts
  • Heads of Mental Health
  • Heads/Leads Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Health and Safety Officers
  • Health and Wellbeing Board Members
  • Health Improvement Teams
  • Homelessness Managers and Officers
  • Housing Advice Teams
  • Housing Options/Needs Team Managers and Officers
  • Housing Policy Managers and Officers
  • Housing Services Management Team Leads
  • In-house lawyers and legal advisers
  • Lettings/Allocations Teams
  • Local Authority Officers
  • Neighbourhood Officers/Managers
  • Principal Officers – Health and Housing
  • Social Housing and Support Officers
  • Strategic Planning and Commissioning Teams
  • Sustainable Housing Project Managers
  • Temporary Accommodation Officers