September 17, 2021
Ending homelessness must be central to 'levelling up'
Dame Julia Unwin says economic recovery and investing in 'disadvantaged' communities is doomed to fail unless it addresses homelessness
September 14, 2021
Common barriers to innovative and experimental policymaking in Local Authorities
As we wrap up the second round of our What Works Community programme, we reflect on three problems that crop up time and again.
September 13, 2021
Centre For Homelessness Impact joins forces with Comic Relief
The Centre For Homelessness Impact (CHI) has forged a new partnership with Comic Relief to accelerate its work to bring a ‘what works’ approach to ending homelessness in more communities across the United Kingdom.
August 31, 2021
Time for homelessness services to listen to the individual
MHCLG’s latest evaluation is significant for its rigorous evaluation of a promising model of homelessness prevention. Ligia Teixeira, CEO of The Centre for Homelessness Impact, explains why we should pay attention.
August 9, 2021
Using evidence to analyse and improve impact
How the homelessness charity Reconnect UK rethought its strategy thanks to one of our evidence surgeries
August 5, 2021
Radical collaboration to achieve lasting change
Consultant and strategist Lizzie Hodgson offered some inspiration to our What Works Community cohort as we wrapped up the first full year of the programme
August 3, 2021
Using data and young people's lived experiences to 'design out' homelessness
The chief executive of St Basils describes how weaving data on performance with evidence from our young people’s lived experiences provides a richer, truer picture
July 30, 2021
Gendered approaches have been neglected for too long within housing policy. It's time for a new approach.
Leanna Fairfax has experienced first-hand the lack of consideration for women experiencing homelessness and violence, here she discusses the importance of a gendered approach to homelessness and housing policy.
July 29, 2021
Better support needed for women who become homeless because of violence
Based on research published today, CHI and the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) call for responses to women experiencing homelessness and violence, to be “gender-informed.”
July 23, 2021
Time to look at outcomes, not spending
The public need the tools to determine whether they’re getting value for money, says former Treasury official and Centre for Homelessness Impact chair of trustees Andrew Hudson
June 24, 2021
How sharing international insights can help advance progress on ending homelessness for good
Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Dennis Culhane discuss the importance of evidence to researchers on both sides of the Atlantic, and how these distinct research traditions can collaborate to #EndItWithEvidence.
June 16, 2021
Introducing innovations: Crowdsourcing the next iteration of our Evidence and Gap Maps
We are proud to be partnering with Cochrane to provide an open platform to help build an evidence base for homelessness.
May 28, 2021
Not mission impossible: An evidenced-driven approach to ending homelessness is within our grasp
End It With Evidence ambassador Jeremy Swain argues that pragmatic, clear-eyed rigour is needed to end homelessness
May 24, 2021
The UK's first pilot Randomised Controlled Trial in homelessness
A Randomised Controlled Trial will explore which housing options are most likely to provide positive outcomes for people moving on from COVID-19 emergency accommodation.
May 20, 2021
End It With Evidence ambassador and Conservative MP, Bob Blackman, says urgent action is needed to prevent a rise in homelessness
End It With Evidence ambassador and Conservative MP Bob Blackman calls for urgent action to prevent a rise in homelessness
May 14, 2021
What the movement for data and evidence in homelessness could mean for local councils
End It With Evidence ambassador and Labour MP, Stephen Timms, explores the value of adopting an evidence-based approach to policy in his London constituency.
May 11, 2021
Progress towards ending homelessness in each community can be monitored with new data added to our SHARE reporting platform.
Key homelessness data indicators at local authority level added to SHARE platform
April 30, 2021
More attention must be paid to homelessness, say three in four of us
New research from the Centre for Homelessness Impact and Ipsos MORI explores the public's perceptions of homelessness.
April 22, 2021
Where in the world is all the evidence on what works and why in homelessness?
Our updated Evidence Finder shows clearly where studies evaluating homelessness interventions exist.
April 19, 2021
Greg Hurst joins the CHI team
We are delighted to announce that Greg Hurst has joined the Centre for Homelessness Impact team as Head of Communications and Public Affairs.
April 8, 2021
Rent Guarantees could be key to help Universal Credit claimants unlock the private rental market
Landmark collaboration between Centre for Homelessness Impact, NRLA and BIT explores ways to encourage private sector landlords to support tenancies from people receiving Universal Credit.
March 26, 2021
How can we learn from other fields to help us to end homelessness?
End it with Evidence campaign ambassador Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE shares what the homelessness sector stands to benefit by adopting a data-led approach to ending homelessness.
March 18, 2021
Updated Evidence and Gap Map on Implementation
The updated 2021 edition shows 275 studies on why interventions to improve the welfare of people experiencing homelessness or at risk work or not.
March 11, 2021
Improving services starts with people
In this blog for the Chartered Institute of Housing our Lived Experiences Specialist, Hannah Green, talks about developing service based on what works and creating person-led and psychologically informed services.
March 10, 2021
Homelessness and COVID-19: a comparison of responses in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England
To better understand the different approaches of each UK nation during the pandemic, Nick Bartholdy and Faye Greaves present a detailed comparison of homelessness data and legislation both before and during COVID-19.
February 12, 2021
How can we improve access for people experiencing homelessness and disability?
In this blog, @bullringbash1 talks about his experiences of homelessness and the additional challenges faced by people with physical health problems and disabilities.
January 20, 2021
What Works Community: Launching a New Cohort
As we kickoff 2021, our resolution is to continue to work towards ending homelesness with evidence. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce our newest cohort of local authorities joining our commitment by participating in our What Works Community Evidence Accelerator and Evidence Academy.
January 13, 2021
Ending It with evidence from around the globe
Stephen Aldridge, Director for Analysis and Data, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government discusses the Homelessness Research Network and the opportunities for expansion as we move into 2021
January 11, 2021
NICE Guideline: Integrated health and social care for people experiencing homelessness
The Centre for Homelessness Impact has worked with NICE and PHE to develop the final scope for an upcoming guideline on Best practice for Integrated health and social care for people experiencing homelessness.
January 5, 2021
Alison Griffin: Making evidence-led change in Southend
Ali Griffin is the Chief Executive at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and one of our Founding Ambassadors in our #EndItWithEvidence campaign. In this blog, as part of the campaign, she reflects on Southend's involvement in the What Works Community and the importance of evidence and data in ending homelessness.
December 30, 2020
2020 - A year unlike any other, but what have we learnt?
As 2021 approaches, the CHI team reflects on what this year has taught us.
December 19, 2020
One in six believe that they could be affected by homelessness
A recent survey conducted by Centre for Homelessness Impact and Ipsos MORI polled the public on their perceptions and attitudes towards issues relating to homelessness.
December 11, 2020
Towards the evidence-led transformation of the homelessness sector
As we launch the End It With Evidence campaign - Our CEO, Dr Ligia Teixeira considers the journey we need to go on together.
December 1, 2020
What Works Community: Wrapping up the pilot year
As the year and our first What Works Community pilot comes to an end, we take time to reflect on our pilot journey alongside our local authority partners from East Ayrshire, Pembrokeshire, and Southend-on-Sea.
November 27, 2020
What next for Housing First in Scotland?
Dr Ligia Teixeira reflects on the success of Housing First in Scotland and considers what the sector needs to do next to move towards ending homelessness in Scotland.
November 26, 2020
What the latest statistics tell us about homelessness trends in Wales
The data team at the Centre for Homelessness Impact looks at the insights from the recent release of homelessness data from Wales.
November 25, 2020
CHI's statement in response to the Spending Review
The Centre for Homelessness Impact issued the following statement this afternoon following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review announcement that an additional £254 million will be available for the next financial year to improve outcomes for people who are homeless.
November 20, 2020
“Discharged back to the streets”: how can we ensure people leaving institutions have a home?
In order for us to work towards an evidence-based end to homelessness, tackling the causes, minimising and eventually eliminating the effects, it is vital that we look at all routes into homelessness.
November 19, 2020
Systematic Review on Substance Use - Call for Evidence
We're working with the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University to undertake a systematic review of the effectiveness of harm reduction versus abstinence-based substance use interventions for people experiencing homelessness.
November 4, 2020
Research Network meeting: November 2020
Read more about November's Homelessness Research Network meeting
October 30, 2020
This is what it's like to stay in a 'high risk homeless hostel'
Our Lived Experience Specialist Hannah Green reflects on the findings of our Systematic Review on Accommodation, and shares her experiences of living in temporary accommodation.
October 29, 2020
Evidence shows support crucial to ending homelessness
The Systematic Review on Accommodation released today by the Centre for Homelessness Impact shows that for many people experiencing homelessness, personalised support is crucial in order to successfully avoid returning to homelessness.
October 29, 2020
Accommodation-based programmes for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness
In order to design and deliver quality accommodation based interventions, it is vital that we produce more rigorous evidence in the UK so the sector can deliver services that are truly beneficial to the people receiving them.
October 15, 2020
Updated Evidence and Gap Map shows increase in homelessness studies
Today we release the third iteration of our evidence and gap map (EGM) on effectiveness. This version of the EGM confirms that the tide may be turning when it comes to the use of evidence in homelessness.
October 10, 2020
Does awareness raising really work?
Each year on the 10th October, both World Homeless Day and World Mental Health Day are used as tools to try and increase awareness and understanding, but do these days actually work?
September 24, 2020
Local Authorities invited to improve their homelessness services using data and evidence
The Centre for Homelessness Impact is recruiting local authorities to join their What Works Community: Local Government initiative which will focus on evidence-led methods of ending and preventing homelessness.
September 23, 2020
Good quality employment whilst experiencing homelessness: is it possible?
The relationship between homelessness and employment is a complex one and many people find themselves experiencing homelessness whilst still in employment. Often, those who are not employed but want to, are unable to for a variety of reasons, for example if they don’t have access to a bank account.
September 19, 2020
Personalised employment support essential to stem homelessness as furlough ends
Today the Centre for Homelessness Impact releases a new policy paper: Employment and homelessness in the context of the new economy following Covid-19.
September 9, 2020
Research Network meeting: September 2020
Read more about September's Homelessness Research Network meeting
September 8, 2020
Centre for Homelessness Impact and Cardiff University lead new major trial
The Centre for Homelessness Impact in partnership with Cardiff University has been awarded funding to deliver an innovative study evaluating the effectiveness of local authority responses to homelessness following COVID-19.
September 4, 2020
How can the media help us end homelessness?
During our Impact Festival we held a discussion with a panel of journalists on the role the media plays in ending homelessness. Here, our Lived Experiences Specialist Hannah Green explores that question further.
August 28, 2020
Systematic review: Do discharge programmes reduce the likelihood of homelessness?
Our Head of Evidence and Data, Guillermo Rodriguez-Guzman, shares key findings from our systematic review, on the effectiveness of discharge programmes for individuals experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
August 24, 2020
Evictions ban: where to now?
The ban on possession proceedings in England and Wales has been extended until 20th September. It will be important to use the next four weeks wisely to stop evictions leading to a rise in homelessness, explains CHI’s CEO Dr Ligia Teixeira.
August 19, 2020
Impact Festival 2020 Highlights
In this blog post our Lived Experiences Specialist, Hannah Green, picks out the teams personal highlights along with the key take-home messages
August 14, 2020
Accelerating impact: reflections on the Impact Festival 2020
Over the past 5 weeks, we've held over 50 events, hearing from over 150 speakers who made the space in their busy diaries to join us. In this blog post our CEO Dr Ligia Teixeira reflects on the Festival and what’s next to come.
August 7, 2020
Impact Festival: week four in summary
Our Lived Experience Specialist, Hannah Green, shares her learning from week four of the Impact Festival – where we explored the importance of connecting people with place, and with each other.
August 6, 2020
What the latest street homelessness statistics in London tell us about how the population is changing
Our Evidence and Data team explore some of the trends in the newly released figures for street homelessness in London (CHAIN data), and suggest some areas to focus on as we move into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 29, 2020
Impact Festival: a summary of week two
How do we create a housing system that leaves no one behind? We brought 27 speakers together across six events to put an intersectional lens on not just improving availability and access to housing, but making sure the housing we have is of sufficient quality and appropriate to people's needs.
July 20, 2020
Impact Festival: a summary of our first week
The first week of our Impact Festival included a total of 13 events, with 32 different speakers. It focused on the ‘S’ of our SHARE framework; designing smart policies and programmes.
July 10, 2020
Research Network meeting: July 2020
Read more about July's Homelessness Research Network meeting
July 9, 2020
It's time to make an Impact: Impact Festival kicks off on Monday
With speakers including Minister Julie James, John Kay and David Halpern, you won't want to miss week one of the Impact Festival.
June 26, 2020
Introducing the 2020 Homelessness Impact Festival
Dr Ligia Teixeira shares her vision for the 2020 Impact Festival
June 24, 2020
Introducing Hannah Green - CHI's Lived Experience Specialist
The Centre for Homelessness Impact's new Lived Experience Specialist introduces herself and her vision for the future.
June 3, 2020
COVID-19 Homelessness Index: 05/28 update
In this blog, we update our COVID-19 Homelessness Index for England between the 4th May and 26th May.
May 29, 2020
Introducing the Housing Costs Calculator to support effective COVID-19 planning
In this blog post, our head of evidence and data Guillermo Rodriguez-Guzman explains why we created a new cost modelling tool and how city leaders can use it to develop data-informed plans.
May 21, 2020
Strengthening systems for the future with Nan Roman and Catriona MacKean
Dr Lígia Teixeira speaks with Nan Roman and Catriona MacKean, about the challenges COVID-19 has created in both the US and Scotland.
May 14, 2020
Public meets private sector: Uniting during the COVID-19 crisis
To meet the unprecedented challenges faced by the homelessness sector at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, partnerships between the public and private sector have rapidly formed.
May 11, 2020
COVID-19 Homelessness Index: 07.05.20 update
In this blog, we update our COVID-19 Homelessness Index for England between the 21st April and 4th May.
May 6, 2020
Choice, control and connections: Preventing Trauma in the COVID-19 crisis
As part of our COVID-19 series, writer and activist Hannah Green shares her thoughts on how can frontline services can deliver trauma-informed services.
April 29, 2020
Using Evidence to End Homelessness – the book
Today we publish Using Evidence to End Homelessness, with Policy Press. Our CEO Ligia Teixeira explains why this is an important moment for us and the other book contributors.
April 29, 2020
Using Evidence to End Homelessness: available now
We are delighted to announce that Wednesday 29 April marks the release of Using Evidence to End Homelessness.
April 29, 2020
Building the evidence ecosystem for homelessness
Howard White, CEO of Campbell Collaboration reflects on his contribution to Using Evidence to End Homelessness
April 24, 2020
How are funders adapting to the COVID-19 crisis?
Amanda Andere and Jennie Thompson explore their current work in relation to tackling homelessness, and the role of philanthropy and funders in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 23, 2020
COVID-19 Homelessness Index: 21.04.20 update
In this blog we update our COVID-19 Homelessness Index for England between the 7th and 20th of April.
April 23, 2020
Feeling safe: How can we limit trauma during Covid-19?
Our CEO Dr Lígia Teixeira talks to Dr Emma Williamson and Hannah Green. We'll explore their experiences, insight and current work in relation to tackling homelessness, and how we can best support the wellbeing of both people experiencing homelessness and the people that work with them in times of crisis.
April 21, 2020
Are we rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic, or can we avoid the iceberg?
In this piece for Inside Housing, Dr Ligia Teixeira discusses what can be done to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to transform the homelessness system.
April 20, 2020
CHI's COVID-19 Homelessness Research Database
We're launching a curated database including information and links to the latest academic articles on the relationship between COVID-19 and Homelessness.
April 17, 2020
A measured response with Dr Neil Hamlet and Viki Fox
In this video CHI's CEO Dr Lígia Teixeira talks to Dr Neil Hamlet, Public Health consultant, NHS Fife, and Viki Fox, Trustee of Crisis and teacher at Cyrenians.
April 16, 2020
Global statement of solidarity and action to #ProtectTheUnhoused from COVID-19
A NGO Working Group has called upon the UN and its Member States to prioritise people experiencing homelessness in all #COVID19 relief efforts.
April 9, 2020
Introducing the COVID-19 index
To help to shed some light on the risk of exposure faced by people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic, we have created the COVID-19-Homelessness Index.
April 8, 2020
No Ordinary Emergency with Linda Gibbs
In this video CHI's CEO Dr Lígia Teixeira talks to Linda Gibbs about how existing disaster protocol can be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 6, 2020
COVID-19 Talk series: No ordinary emergency with Linda Gibbs
How can examples from other cities help us deal with this crisis? Hear from Linda Gibbs, Principal for Social Services at Bloomberg Associates, New York.
April 3, 2020
Are people experiencing homelessness more at risk of COVID-19?
In this blog we delve into the international evidence on COVID-19, risk factors, and how these are more common among people living in homelessness
April 3, 2020
We have a chance to redesign the homelessness system
From the current crisis, a better world could emerge, says Dr Lígia Teixeira our chief executive.
April 3, 2020
COVID-19 Talk Series: Clinical Homeless Sector Plan
The first in our COVID-19 talk series explores the COVID-19 Homeless Sector Plan with its creators, Dr Alistair Story and Prof. Andrew Hayward.
April 3, 2020
Clinical homeless sector plan with Dr. Story + Prof. Hayward: 3.4.20
CHI's CEO Dr Lígia Teixeira talks to Dr. Alistair Story and Prof. Andrew Hayward, who put together the COVID-19 Homeless Sector Plan. The plan aims to avoid concentrated outbreaks of the disease that would likely spread quickly among this vulnerable population.
February 26, 2020
What Works Community pilot: our second residential
Our second WWC residential was designed to build capacity in data visualisation, behavioural insights and evaluation before our teams pitched their ideas to a Progress Panel.
February 20, 2020
CHI’s Head of Evidence and Data, Guillermo Rodriguez-Guzman, appointed to Government What Works Trial Advice Panel
Today we are delighted that our Head of Evidence and Data, Guillermo Rodriguez-Guzman, has been appointed, among 50 others, to the What Works Trial Advice Panel (TAP) which will support the improvement of the quality and quantity of impact evaluations across central government to foster a better understanding of ‘What Works’.
February 13, 2020
Measuring what matters: introducing a new set of homelessness indicators
It's time to ensure we are creating the right conditions to end homelessness for good everywhere in the UK. In this post our CEO introduces a new set of homelessness indicators and reporting platform developed in collaboration with the ONS to help us get there.
February 13, 2020
New reporting platform will track progress towards ending homelessness in UK
A new reporting platform which aims to give insight into the conditions required to prevent homelessness has been launched today by the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
January 9, 2020
What Works Community pilot: exploring design methods
We believe that by combining the heart and the head we can turn good intentions into lasting impact. To help our team of LAs to innovate and achieve breakthrough results, the programme of our What Works Community pilot includes combining innovative data practices with person-centred approaches to systems design.
December 30, 2019
The CHI team share their highlights of 2019
The end of the year is a time for reflection. Here the team share their highlights of the last 12 months and to look ahead at what’s to come in 2020.
December 16, 2019
CHI announces Guillermo Rodríguez as its new Head of Evidence and Data
Dr Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) has announced the appointment of Guillermo Rodríguez as CHI’s new Head of Data and Evidence.
December 11, 2019
What Works Community pilot: understanding and using data
Day one of our first WWC residential focused on building capacity for data and its use among our pilot teams, from gathering and inventorying data, to identifying and addressing issues with data quality.
November 22, 2019
What Works Community pilot: our first Residential
The objective of our first What Works Community pilot residential was to give participating LAs data and design skills to take to work on executing their challenge on the private rented sector. In this post, we explore what happened and share next steps.
November 15, 2019
What Works Community: getting to know Southend-On-Sea
On Oct 7th we met with leaders and staff working across Southend-On-Sea Borough Council for our second What Works Community pilot kick off. We got to know them and gained an understanding of local housing and homelessness challenges and opportunities. This post explores what we heard.
November 12, 2019
The Cabinet Office’s Sophie Catlin reflects on her year-long secondment with CHI
For the last 12 months, CHI has been lucky enough to have Sophie Catlin as part of the team, working as Head of Business Development on a year-long secondment from the Cabinet Office. Here, she reflects on her time as she leaves us to return to government.
November 7, 2019
What Works Community: getting to know Pembrokeshire County Council
On 10 October Pembrokeshire County Council welcomed CHI to their offices to kick off their engagement with the What Works Community pilot. We got to know the people we will be working closely with over the coming months and learnt more about the local homelessness context.
October 25, 2019
CHI announces Faye Greaves as new Head of Practice, Policy and Development
Dr Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) has announced the appointment of Faye Greaves as CHI’s new Head of Practice, Policy and Development.
October 22, 2019
What Works Community pilot: getting to know East Ayrshire Council
On 3rd October we met with leaders and staff working across East Ayrshire Council and local third sector organisations for our first What Works Community kick off. We got to know them, gaining an understanding of local housing and homelessness challenges and opportunities. This post explores what we heard.