COVID-19 response

Resources to support communities to help people who are homeless or at risk to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our COVID-19 webinars

The response of faith-based organisations to the pandemic

Dr Lígia Teixeira speaks with Mark McGreevy OBE, founder of the Institute of Global Homelessness at DePaul University and CEO Depaul International, and Rev. Ian Rutherford, a City Centre Minister in Manchester, about the role of faith-based organisations in ending homelessness, in the UK and at a global level, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wellness and resilience at a time of crisis with Frances Beecher and Muzzy Rosenblatt

Frances Beecher, CEO Llamau and Muzzy Rosenblatt, CEO Bowery Residents Committee (BRC), speak about how best to support the emotional resilience of frontline workers, to help them in times of adversity and to thrive when faced with unexpected challenges, in order to ensure recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strengthening systems for the future with Nan Roman and Catriona MacKean

Dr Lígia Teixeira speaks with Nan Roman, President and CEO National Alliance to End Homelessness and Catriona MacKean, Deputy Director for Better Homes at Scottish Government, about the challenges COVID-19 has created in both the US and Scotland, and the opportunity the pandemic presents to redesign the homelessness system.

Public meets private: with Karan Khanna and Jonathan Qureshi

In this talk our CEO Dr Lígia Teixeira speaks with Karan Khanna, Managing Director, UK&I for InterContinental Hotels Group, and Jonathan Qureshi, Senior Project Officer, Greater London Authority, about the successes and challenges of “checking in” people to hotels under COVID-19 and what the longer term plan is.

Feeling safe: How can we limit trauma during Covid-19?

CHI's CEO Dr Lígia Teixeira talks to Dr Emma Williamson, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead, Psychology in Hostels Project, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and CEO aneemo.com, and Hannah Green, expert by experience and freelance writer.

How are funders adapting to the COVID-19 crisis?

Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, and Jennie Thompson, Head of Funding, Fulfilling Lives programme at the National Lottery Community Fund explore their current work in relation to tackling homelessness, and the role of philanthropy and funders in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. We'll explore their experiences, insight and current work in relation to tackling homelessness in Scotland, and how they are harnessing collaboration, evidence and data in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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.

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.

Resources

Housing Cost Calculator

A calculator to help local authorities quickly weigh up the cost benefits of various accommodation options, taking into account the support needs of those needing to be housed.

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UK COVID-19 official guidance

A document collating government guidance from across the UK, relevant to helping people experiencing or at risk of homelessness stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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UK COVID-19-homelessness index

A dataset combining information from Public Health England (PHE) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to highlight the risk of exposure faced by people who are homeless during the pandemic.

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Blog post: We have a chance to redesign the homelessness system

CHI's CEO, Dr Lígia Teixeira, suggests that the pandemic presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the country’s homelessness system, and gives five reasons to be optimistic during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Latest COVID-19 blog posts

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.

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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.

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