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Homelessness - prevention and options

6 April 2017, CIH London office

About the event

The latest data released from the DCLG shows a 10% increase over the year in the number of households that were accepted as homeless by local authorities hitting 15,170 and a 54% increase one the 2010 figures.

Homelessness continues to rise against a backdrop of challenging welfare policy, public sector funding cuts and limited supply of affordable housing to rent. The increase in homeless households means higher demand for costly temporary accommodation which not only impacts on the lives of families affected but also places increased pressure on providers to support people to access and sustain a home they can afford.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill represents a historic chance to pass legislation to help provide many more people with the support they need at a time when homelessness continues to rise. If the bill is enacted, local authorities will be required to try and prevent eligible people, who are threatened with homelessness within 56 days, from becoming homeless. If someone becomes homeless, councils will still have to try and help them access alternative accommodation before they make a decision on whether a long term housing duty is owed.

Tackling homelessness is a key objective for many providers so it is crucial we start to see an increase in affordable supply ensuring there are enough homes for people on low incomes. Wrap-around support and other key services for vulnerable people are also important elements of a local approach to reducing levels of homelessness.

This one day event will provide details of the Homelessness Reduction Bill, as well as understanding of the key differences between the current law and the proposed changes. Andy Gale, Consultant will share information with delegates on how they can prepare to deliver the Homelessness Reduction Bill and share examples and templates you can use going forward.

Leading experts in the sector will also provide up to date information on temporary accommodation procurement and management solutions, how to create positive pathways to prevent youth homelessness and offer practical examples of homelessness prevention, through a range of informative keynotes and workshop sessions.

There will be an interactive day full of top tips and practical advice on how homelessness, prevention, allocations and options can effectively meet the needs of communities.


5 reasons not to miss this event:

1. Receive the latest policy updates and information on how you can prepare for the Homelessness Reduction Bill
2. Gain practical examples and solutions to the issues affecting your organisation and your residents
3. Participate and share your issues in specialists workshops
4. Learn about and share practical examples of developing homelessness prevention solutions
5. An opportunity to network, make new contacts and renew old ones


Who should attend

This event is for middle managers, practitioners and front line practitioners and those working in the voluntary sector dealing with a range of homelessness, allocation and housing options issues.

Booking information

CIH Member rate - £105 +VAT

Standard rate - £145 +VAT

Student rate - £50 +VAT

The delegate price includes a comprehensive delegate pack, a series of keynote and workshop sessions, all refreshments and lunch. If you are a CIH member continue your personal development by gaining 4 hours towards your CIH Continuing Professional Development.

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