Homelessness
Research Network

Providing a space where the evidence about what works to end homelessness is accessible to all
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Our goal is to end homelessness for good. By acting as a catalyst for generating evidence and collecting data, we want to enable people working in and around homelessness to achieve breakthrough results. In order to accomplish this, we are building a learning culture which makes the evidence accessible and supports its implementation across the UK. Having a space where we can learn from each other, share our research and keep up to date with current housing and homelessness is a key part of this.

The Research Network provides a space for everyone who shares this goal to come together to strengthen our research and build our knowledge to create better practice. The Research Network is a place for those who work or volunteer in the sector to hear the latest and innovative research. It is also a platform where early researchers, people creating, using, or funding research can share their findings to improve responses to homelessness. To facilitate the spread of ideas, knowledge and latest research, our Research Network is open to all.

If you or your team have something to contribute, get in touch.
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Upcoming meetings
Our next research network meeting will take place on
14 November from 3:30 - 5.00pm GMT
The agenda will be made available shortly.
Our movement has grown over the years
Set up in 2020, the Research Network was created 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. Originally brought together by the Centre in partnership with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Office For National Statistics, and Public Health England.

Since then we have grown into a learning community in which those who are interested in the latest housing research are able to connect with others, hearing unique and world wide research related to housing and homelessness.
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We believe that the only way to sustainably end homelessness so that it is rare, brief and non-recurring, is by working together and sharing the evidence on what works and what doesn’t. This is why we have made the Research Network open to all, providing everyone with access to new and exciting research and a place to connect with others.

By becoming a member of the Research Network you can:
- Join a growing number of people adopting a learning culture 
- Connect with other people with an interest in housing and homelessness in one space, which is vital to providing best housing practice and research
- Find out more about how to implement the evidence into your practice, maximising the positive impacts of our research 
- Be a part of a movement that is working to end homelessness by following the evidence on what works.
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Partners
Next meeting:
TBC



Past meetings
5 July 2022

Presentation from Francesca Albanese and Michael Allard (Crisis) on Homelessness Reduction Act research

Presentation from Andrew Connell, Salvation Army, and Jack Price, Wales Centre for Public Policy, on Social Innovation in Preventing Homelessness amongst Young People in Canada and Wales: International Engagement as a Key Driver

November 2021

Presentation from Dr Chris Martin (University of New South Wales) discussing the role of housing assistance for people leaving prison.

Presentation from Carole McMinn (The People’s Project) and Dr Polly Atatoa-Carr (National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato) on Lost points of intervention in pathways to single homelessness in Hamilton, New Zealand.

July 2021

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.


Members
Stephen Aldridge (Chair)
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Amma Antwi-Yeboah
London Borough of Redbridge
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Tim Aubry
University of Ottawa
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Stephanie Barker
University of Southampton
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Nick Bartholdy
Centre for Homelessness Impact
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Glen Bramley
Heriott Watt University
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Phillip Brown
University of Huddersfield
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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

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homelessness research network?

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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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