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Taking steps towards Ending Veteran Rough Sleeping

Between 3-6% of homeless people in the UK come from an armed forces background. Lee Buss-Blair, Director of Operations-Care and Support Functions at Riverside homes, he shares with us some of the steps needed to end veteran rough sleeping.

Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together

We’re delighted to welcome Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Louisa has worked across women’s specialist services and the homelessness sector in England for the past twelve years, in both frontline and strategic roles.

Implementing the Housing First Pilot Scheme Nationwide

In 2019, the UK Government pledged £28 million to launch 3 Housing First Pilots as part of a strategy to end rough sleeping by 2027. Mike Hughes, Project Manager of Greater Manchester Housing First, shared with us how the Housing First Pilot has been able to rehouse over 300 people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Importance of Having a Gendered Approach to Housing First

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and often women experience this alongside homelessness. Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Project Manager at Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, shares how the Westminster Violence Against Women and Girls Housing First project are working to deliver tailored support and housing for women.

In Conversation with Ed Tytherleigh: How can we end Homelessness?

In 2018 the Government announced the Rough Sleeping Strategy pledging to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027. The ‘Everyone In’ initiative during the pandemic showed that this was possible. We spoke to Ed Tytherleigh, Director of Support and Housing at Centrepoint about ways central government, local government and charities can work together to end homelessness.

Universal Credit: Making Universal Credit Work for People Facing Homelessness

Crisis, the homelessness charity, has called for better partnership working between housing and employment services. We heard from Saskia Neibig, Policy and Public Affairs Officer at Crisis about the benefits of training Jobcentre staff on housing issues, as well as the successes of pilot partnerships between Jobcentres and Crisis.

Making Universal Credit Work for People Facing Homelessness

Homelessness charity Crisis has called for better partnership working between Jobcentres and Housing Services. This case study looks at the work Crisis have done to train Jobcentre staff to be better equipped to help those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Engaging with Rough Sleepers to Improve Uptake of Drug and Alcohol Support

Every area has a distinct homeless cohort, and blanket policies are not the answer. Councillor Trish Hardy of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council explains that treating each area as unique and taking the time to learn the intricacies of the rough sleeping population is vital to helping individuals.

Delivering Evidence-Based Approaches to Tackling Drug and Substance Misuse

It is argued that the approach to drug addiction taken in the UK for the past 30 years has been a failure. Crispin Blunt MP, co-Chair of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform, explores the example of Portugal and how the UK can bring its policies in line with the overwhelming bulk of new evidence.

Improving Outcomes for People with Multiple Disadvantages

Doncaster Council’s Pat Hagan and Debbie McKinney spoke to us about the big vision for Doncaster Town Centre, the importance of ‘people and place’ to achieving this, and the Complex Lives Alliance integrated delivery model.

Fulfilling Lives: Supporting People with Multiple Disadvantages

This case study will present the work of Fulfilling Lives Islington and Camden in helping women suffering multiple disadvantages, with a focus on domestic abuse and homelessness.

The South Yorkshire Housing Association: Supporting Residents through Covid-19

This case study will explore the strategy of the South Yorkshire Housing Association in ensuring that residents are supported financially, practically, and socially throughout and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Homelessness 2021: Supporting Women Experiencing Homelessness

Kellie Murphy, East Region Service Director - Move On and Resettlement at St Mungos, spoke about specialist services and strategies for women experiencing homelessness, at The National Homelessness Event, 2021.

Homelessness 2021: Preventing Homelessness Among LGBT+ Youth

Steven McIntyre, Chief Executive of Stonewall Housing, spoke about preventing LGBT+ youth from becoming homeless at The National Homelessness Event, 2021. .

Homelessness 2021: Securing Safe Housing For All Through Effective Housing Support Services

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter, spoke about Securing Safe Housing For All Through Effective Housing Support Services at The National Homelessness Event, 2021.
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