Homelessness Research Network

A learning network for people doing, using, and funding research or affected by homelessness.

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The Research Network is brought together by the Centre for Homelessness Impact in partnerships with The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England. This international initiative was set up in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, to help ensure that we were learning as fast as possible across countries, and create new connections and relationships.


It’s early days, but the Network is creating a space where people doing, using, or funding research share actionable research to improve responses to homelessness. If you think you may have something to contribute, just get in touch.



Partners

Next meeting: 2nd November 2021
8:30 - 10:00 BST,
17:30 - 19:00 AEST

Speakers

Chris Martin, The University of New South Wales
Carol McMinn, The People's Project
Dr Polly Atatoa-Carr, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato

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Past Meetings

Speakers

Presentation from Lucy Spurling (MHCLG) discussing findings of the recent Rough Sleeping Questionnaire.

Presentation from Marc Eichenbaum (City of Houston, Texas) on creating a Data-Driven Homeless Response System – How Houston collects, integrates and utilizes data to maximize coordination, improve accountability and reduce homelessness.


Speakers

Presentation from Anna Evans (Director, Indigo House)

'RentBetter : research on the impact of the Private Residential Tenancy in Scotland' funded by the Nationwide Foundation.

Jessica Dobrovic (Senior Analyst, Hutt St Centre - Adelaide)

'Aspire Social Impact Bond (Aspire SIB) - Australia's first homelessness focussed SIB.'

Speakers

Presentation from Dr. Alina Turner (Co-President at HelpSeeker) on her work "Predicting Suicide, Domestic Violence, and Homelessness During Covid".

Presentation from Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán (Head of Evidence and Data at Centre for Homelessness Impact) on the findings of a trial to incentivise landlords to rent their properties to people who receive social benefits.

Facilitated discussion

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Professor of Housing and Social Policy and Director of the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University. Leading the group in regards to a recent I-SPHERE publication 'The Covid-19 Crisis Response to Homelessness in Great Britain' this section will ask our diverse geographical representation “how is Covid being tracked where you are?”

Speakers

Dr. Jiaying Zhao (Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia) on Vancouver New Leap Project, and the associated RCT around one-time cash transfers to youth and adults who have recently become homeless.

Dr Hannah Carver
(Lecturer in Substance Use, University of Stirling) on Managed Alcohol Programmes (MAP) as a harm reduction approach.

Facilitated discussion

Dennis Culhane (Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice) leading the group on "establishing collaborative research projects".

Speakers

Prof. Christine Whitehead (Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics, LSE) research on The impact of the suspension on evictions on tenants and landlords

Prof. Hal Pawson (Urban Policy and Strategy, University of New South Wales) on the Australian Homelessness Monitor.

Facilitated discussion

Francesca Albanese (Crisis) leading the group on "challenges conducting qualitative research and data collection with people experiencing homeless during COVID-19 restrictions."

Speakers

Phillip Brown (Professor of Housing and Communities, University of Huddersfield) research on The impact of poor quality housing on occupants during the COVID-19 lockdown.  

Gary Painter
(Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, University Southern California) on Project RoomKey - housing individuals experiencing homelessness in hotels and motels during Covid.

Dr Lígia Teixeira
(CEO, Centre for Homelessness Impact) / Dr Peter Mackie (Reader at Cardiff University in the School of Geography and Planning) on MOVE ON: Understanding the relative effectiveness of temporary accommodation and settled housing on COVID infections, housing stability and wider outcomes.

Speakers

Hannah Green (Centre for Homelessness Impact) on a chapter she is writing for a book, how this has evolved from her own experiences of homelessness and her new role at CHI.

Al Story
(UCLH) and Andrew Hayward (UCL) on outreach peer-led COVID testing and projections.

Patrick Fowler
(Washington University) on simulations to project post-COVID demand for housing and homeless assistance.

Members

Francesca Albanese
Francesca Albanese

Francesca Albanese

Stephen Aldridge (Chair)
Stephen Aldridge (Chair)

Stephen Aldridge (Chair)

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Robert Aldrige
Robert Aldrige

Robert Aldrige

Amma Antwi-Yeboah
Amma Antwi-Yeboah

Amma Antwi-Yeboah

London Borough of Redbridge
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Tim Aubry
Tim Aubry

Tim Aubry

University of Ottawa
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Stephanie Barker
Stephanie Barker

Stephanie Barker

University of Southampton
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Nick Bartholdy
Nick Bartholdy

Nick Bartholdy

Centre for Homelessness Impact
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Alex Bax
Alex Bax

Alex Bax

Caroline Bernard
Caroline Bernard

Caroline Bernard

Homeless Link
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Sophie Boobis
Sophie Boobis

Sophie Boobis

Homeless Link
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Tracey Bovingdon
Tracey Bovingdon

Tracey Bovingdon

Glen Bramley
Glen Bramley

Glen Bramley

Heriott Watt University
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Phillip Brown
Phillip Brown

Phillip Brown

University of Huddersfield
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Jo Brown
Jo Brown

Jo Brown

Groundswell
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David Buck
David Buck

David Buck

University of Houston College of Medicine
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Martin Burrows
Martin Burrows

Martin Burrows

Groundswell
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Hannah Carver
Hannah Carver

Hannah Carver

University of Stirling
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Richard Chapman
Richard Chapman

Richard Chapman

Apurv Chauhan
Apurv Chauhan

Apurv Chauhan

University of Brighton
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Fiona Colley
Fiona Colley

Fiona Colley

Homeless Link
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Alexander Colling
Alexander Colling

Alexander Colling

St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity
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Michelle Cornes
Michelle Cornes

Michelle Cornes

King's College London
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David Cowan
David Cowan

David Cowan

University of Bristol
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Dennis Culhane
Dennis Culhane

Dennis Culhane

University of Pensylvania
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Founding members

Stephen Aldrige

MHCLG

Lucy Spurling

MHCLG

Jez Stannard

PHE

Gillian Leng

PHE

Tony Wilkins

ONS

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Research Network blog posts

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

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July 10, 2020

Research Network meeting: July 2020

Read more about July's Homelessness Research Network meeting

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