We gathered a series of case studies that explore how these successes across the globe were achieved in practice, what lessons can be learned and what can be taken forward in the future. The strongest focus is on the UK nations, but we present case studies and analysis from cities in North America, Europe and Asia. These show fascinating differences and similarities between systems for addressing homelessness around the world and how they were able to respond in the context of a global crisis.
Watch the video from our event where we discussed emergency pandemic measures on homelessness and how they differed internationally. We reflected on the lessons learned and explored what comes next.
It would be unfortunate to return to the pre-pandemic status quo. This project has highlighted that moving away from using shelters and working with different services has both welfare and health benefits.
A clear question is whether or not it should take a public health emergency to galvanise governments and support systems into making an intense effort to end street homelessness.
This is complex to answer. On one hand, many services have been amazed by the impact they were able to have, with the support and resources they were given throughout the pandemic .
On the other hand, continuing to give the same priority to resolving homelessness over the long term would require a real shift in our approach to housing and homelessness and the responsibilities of the state. In the absence of a public health emergency, are countries prepared to provide accommodation to all those who struggle to afford to rent a home and are at risk of street homelessness or sleeping on sofas as a result?
This is a shift that countries and cities may not be willing to make, or that some may be more willing to make than others.
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.
Innovation during Covid - wrapping up our 2021 What Works Community
2021 has been an extraordinary year for local authorities tackling homelessness. In this post we hear about What Works Community members’ experiences of bringing innovation and an evidence-based mindset to their homelessness work in the context of the pandemic.
This project examines the evidence on interventions which improve access to health and social care.
This ground-breaking project aims to assess the effectiveness of providing personal grants to people experiencing homelessness..