Working together to end homelessness

This section covers the following:

  • Our homelessness steering group
  • Working in partnership with local authorities
  • New approaches to ending homelessness

Our homelessness steering group

Our member shape our work on homelessness through the homelessness steering group. This expert group consists of the following people, who meet once a quarter:

  • Ian Martin - Estuary Housing Association Ltd
  • Joanna Grainger - emh group
  • Lee Buss - YMCA St Paul's Group
  • Maggie Houghton - Hyde Housing Association Ltd
  • Andrew Redfern - Framework Housing Association
  • Brett Sentence - YMCA Derbyshire
  • Ed Tytherleigh - Stoll
  • John Glenton - Riverside
  • Martyn Hale - Optima Community Association
  • Mike Barrett - Porchlight
  • Mushtaq Khan
  • Simon Callaghan - Tyne Housing Association Ltd
  • Tony Stacey - South Yorkshire HA, Homes for Cathy
  • Angela Gascoigne - SHAL Housing Limited
  • Susan Richardson - Wythenshawe Community Housing Group
  • Beatrice Orchard - St Mungo's
  • Jean Templeton - St Basils
  • Vicky Ball - Phoenix Futures

If you would like to find out more about this group, please contact us.

Working in partnership with local authorities

We are working with the Local Government Association to bring together housing associations and local authorities to tackle homelessness together.

Earlier in the year the Federation ran a series of events with housing associations to better understand the challenges the sector faces in reducing homelessness. The events revealed that housing associations are keen to develop stronger relationships with their local authority partners in order to be able to better work together on tackling homelessness.

We have already developed the Commitment to Refer {add new link}, a voluntary offer for housing associations on the Duty to Refer in the Homelessness Reduction Act. We’d like to strengthen this as well as find other opportunities for better partnership working and relationship building.

We have therefore organised this series of events to bring together housing associations and local authorities to discuss the challenges faced by each sector, share best practice, reflect on the referral process so far, and identify further opportunities for strengthening collaboration.

Here's the full list of dates and locations

New approaches to ending homelessness

The Federation supports new and innovative approaches to ending homelessness. This includes:

  • Our homelessness innovation team
  • Homes for Cathy
  • Housing First
  • APPG for Ending Homelessness

Our homelessness innovation team

Creating our Future, the National Housing Federation’s innovation programme, has a team working on the challenge of ending homelessness.

The team now has an idea – Hacking Homelessness – which they are refining. The concept of the idea is to collate housing association data on evictions across the sector on one platform. This will allow housing associations to make smart interventions before people hit crisis point, preventing street homelessness.

To find out more, including how you can help support this idea through funding or an offer to pilot it, visit the Creating our Future website.

Homes for Cathy

Homes for Cathy are a group of housing associations that came together in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home and to highlight the continuing needs of homeless people.

Homes for Cathy have developed a series of commitments to help housing associations contribute to ending homelessness.

The Federation is supportive of this work and Homes for Cathy is represented on our Homelessness Steering Group.

Housing First

Housing First is a housing solution for people with multiple and complex needs who have histories of entrenched or repeat homelessness. This represents about 20% of the homeless population.

Housing First differs from other approaches to supporting homeless people because individuals do not have to prove they are ready for independent housing before they are provided with a home.

Individuals are provided with stable, independent homes alongside coordinated wrap-around, personalised support. This can be used to address homelessness among specific groups, such as vulnerable women.

We’ve collated the following resources on Housing First that will be useful to housing associations and other interested organisations:

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on Housing First so please get in touch with us.

APPG for Ending Homelessness

The Federation sits on the APPG for Ending Homelessness. This year, the APPG looked at migrant homelessness, youth homelessness and rapid rehousing models. Read the report.