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The Homelessness Reduction Act – one year on


The Homelessness Reduction Act – one year on

As politicians, charities and housing bodies continue to sound the alarm over rising levels of homelessness, there is cross-party agreement that radical action is required. But is the Homelessness Reduction Act the answer?

Hailed by campaigners as a landmark piece of legislation that will transform the way local authorities approach homeless applications, the Act aims to ensure no-one is turned away when they ask their council for help.

But one year on, have things started to improve and are we finally on the road to long-term homelessness prevention?

This major one-day conference, in association with Homeless Link, will look at the day-to-day reality of implementing the Act, the barriers to success and the challenges that remain. And it will attempt to answer the question, what has actually changed?

You will hear from the government, leading homelessness charities and local authorities working to implement the Act on a daily basis.

There is no doubt the government is focused on reducing homelessness, rough sleeping, and the numbers of households in temporary accommodation. But does the Act do enough to tackle the root causes and is the social housing sector itself doing enough to prevent homelessness through a sustainable co-ordinated response?

With the new Act now in force for nearly a year, this conference will look at the national policy agenda, update on current homelessness issues and trends and hear about solutions which can be implemented across the country.

Key themes:

  • The Homelessness Reduction Act one year on – what has changed?
  • Government policy and future direction for homelessness and rough sleeping
  • The scale of the problem, barriers to success and how to overcome them, trends, and solutions
  • Issues associated with homeless households being housed outside of London
  • What works? Innovation and good practice in preventing homelessness
  • Response from the housing association sector including the Commitment to Refer.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Matt Harrison, Director of Business and Enterprise for Homeless Link
  • Jo Beck, Homelessness Advice and Support Team Manager, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Chris Hancock, Head of Policy, Crisis
  • Sarah-Jane Gay, External Affairs Manager, London and South East, National Housing Federation
  • Nick Porter, Senior Advisor – Housing, Local Government Association
  • Elly Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy, London Councils
  • Darren Alexander, Head of Strategy and Development, Customer and Commercial, Luton Borough Council.

Who should attend?

This event is essential for:

  • All professionals involved in preventing homelessness, including front line triage, homeless prevention staff, housing options officers and service managers
  • Those responsible for homelessness reviews and strategies
  • Housing association and voluntary sector employees with an active or future role in homelessness prevention.
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Delegate fees:

Full price: £289.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *

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Registration will start 30 minutes before the first session and refreshments will be available.

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