There are more than 75,000 statutory homeless households in England, while the number of people sleeping rough increased by 16% in 2016. According to the charity Crisis there are also “unknown thousands” experiencing “hidden homelessness”, categorised as people who are not officially registered as homeless but are dependent on the generosity of family or friends for a place to live.
The House of Commons Library cites benefit reforms and a “shortfall in levels of new house building” as contributing factors to a significant rise in homelessness since 2009/10.
The Homelessness Reduction Act, which places greater legal responsibilities on councils to tackle homelessness, will come into effect in April 2018. The Government has announced £48 million of funding to help councils cover the additional responsibilities.
In November 2017, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced that the decision to reclassify housing associations as private sector bodies will result in significant increase in affordable housing.
Join us for the Homelessness Conference where speakers will provide unique insights into the underlying causes and potential solutions to the homelessness crisis. Understand your obligations under The Homelessness Reduction Act, learn from different approaches to tackling housing shortages and see what impact regional devolution is having on housing policy.
Please register interest below and we will keep you updated
Topics covered during the conference will include:
- What are the implications of the Homelessness Reduction Bill for local authorities and what impact will the legislation have?
- How will the bill address the growing problem of homelessness in the North of England?
- What impact will the Government’s other housing policies have on homelessness?
- How can housing associations provide flexible housing solutions for those in need?
- How can fairer and more flexible housing allocation policies help to address homelessness?
- What extra support is needed for those facing impending homelessness?
- What impact does homelessness have on the physical and mental health of young people?
- How does homelessness prevent young people from accessing education, training or employment?
- What has been the impact of recent welfare reforms?
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- Hear from leading experts in housing policy and local government.
- Have your questions answered by our panel of specialist speakers.
- Assess the potential impact of the latest Government policy.
- Network with other delegates and discuss potential solutions to the homelessness crisis.
- Examine case studies and analyse innovative approaches to the problem of homelessness.
Who should attend?
- Local Authorities
- Health and Well-being Boards
- Adult social care
- Social workers
- Mental health social workers
- Housing managers
- Public health
- Academics and Researchers
- Staff working in the voluntary sector who are dealing with a range of lettings, allocations and homelessness strategies and implementation
- Heads of housing associations and managers who are looking for new strategies and remodelling ideas as well as essential knowledge and skills to equip staff
- Heads of Charities