Taking a systems approach to tackling homelessness

9th May 2018

The Homelessness Reduction Act, the most significant change in homelessness legislation for several decades, came into force this year giving local councils greater responsibilities to prevent and relieve homelessness.  But a shortage of homes, combined with soaring private rents and frozen household incomes provides a complex set of challenges.

On 21 June 2018 the East of England, in partnership with the District Councils’ Network, the Local Government Association, and the National Housing Federation, is holding a “A Systems Approach to Homelessness and Housing Supply” Conference at the Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire.  

Bringing together senior leaders from across the East, the event will explore a systems approach to reducing homelessness that involves increasing housing supply, drawing on innovation from the region and beyond.

We are excited to be presenting Juha Kaakinen, Chief Executive of the Y-Foundation as our key note.  Joining us all the way from Finland, he will talk about the Housing First approach; a whole system model which tackles homelessness and rough sleeping by quickly moving people into independent and permanent housing alongside support.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Jo Beck, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.    
  • Professor Janice Morphet, co-author of the ‘Local Authority Direct Provision of Housing’ report commissioned by the National Planning Forum and the RTPI.
  • Ian McDermott, Chair of Build East and Chief Executive of Aldwyck Housing Group

There are places still available so be quick to secure your place here- http://www.eelga.gov.uk/events/systems-approach-homelessness-housing-supply/

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