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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Tackling homelessness and meeting housing need conference

5-6 December, Park Inn, Northampton


Meeting housing need and reducing homelessness in a housing crisis

Housing is unaffordable for too many people in this country. Soaring rents, stagnating incomes, inadequate government investment in genuinely affordable housing and significant cuts to welfare entitlement have all contributed to growing homelessness levels. The housing needs of far too many people are simply not being met.

The most recent figures show there were 1.15 million households waiting for a home in the social rented sector last year with only 290,000 homes made available. This means there was a national shortfall of more than 800,000 homes. The number of families living in temporary accommodation in England has increased by 64% since 2010 and rough sleeping has increased by 169% over the same period. Homelessness is an ongoing and growing problem in England.

The Homelessness Reduction Act, now in force across all English local authorities, requires councils to provide more meaningful help, and sooner, to help people avoid or relieve their homelessness. In such a difficult policy environment, with the impacts of welfare reform and the lack of genuinely affordable housing bearing down hard on low income and vulnerable households, preventing and relieving homelessness will be crucial but challenging at the same time. The private rented sector has a role to play in meeting housing need, but with rents often out of reach for low income households, demand for social housing continues to grow, while its availability is at an all time low.


Benefits of attending

CIH’s Tackling homelessness and meeting housing need conference is an opportunity for housing professionals from across England to meet and consider key policy and strategic issues in a time when tackling our housing crisis is so high on the political agenda.

As housing professionals work in such a challenging environment, it’s more important than ever to come together as a sector and plan for the future. With the Homelessness Reduction Act now law, our speakers will be well poised to share ways in which you can ensure its delivery. A high profile list of speakers from across the UK will be in attendance and will offer insight and expertise on key topical issues.

We will provide practical homelessness prevention solutions, along with a detailed breakdown of how the new laws are affecting local authorities and other organisations working hard to tackle homelessness. Our packed programme will also look at opportunities for housing providers to develop new ways of working, how to respond to external pressures yet remain committed to social purpose and strategies to address the unprecedented pressures in the sector, and much more!

Join us this December for the annual CIH Tackling homelessness and meeting housing need conference; book your place today!

Check out the programme here

Who should attend

  • Senior members of staff including directors, heads of housing and managers who are looking for new strategies and remodelling ideas as well as essential knowledge and skills to equip staff
  • Front-line staff looking to keep up to date with the latest developments Local Authorities, ALMO’s and housing association staff to explore new innovative funding models
  • Staff working in the voluntary sector who are dealing with a range of lettings, allocations and homelessness strategies and implementation
  • Health or welfare teams, and other areas within housing where lettings and homelessness policy can impact others

Exhibition & sponsorship

With a wide range of delegates attending, this conference is an ideal opportunity for your organisation to develop new professional relationships and gain brand recognition. With exhibition packages available and a range of sponsorship opportunities which have been designed to provide your organisation with:

• a platform to promote your products and services

• exposure to your target market across a range of channels and potential touch-points

• an opportunity to establish trust and build a rapport with potential clients

• multiple opportunities to grow your networks and build your contacts

If you’d like to talk about exhibiting or if you’d like us to create a bespoke package for you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Kirsty/Lisa (02476 851766)

Booking information


CIH member rate* delegate rate*
A. Full delegate – attending both days of the conference inc. dinner and accommodation £420.00 £525.00
B. 2 day delegate only (non-residential) £300 £375.00
C. Day 1 delegate (attendance on Wedneday 5 December only) £208.00 £260.00
D. Day 2 delegate only ( attendance on Thursday 6 December) £208.00 £260.00
E. Dinner only £64.00 £80.00







(* All rates are subjected to VAT of 20%)

Option A also includes bed and breakfast accommodation in the Park Inn, Northampton and the conference dinner as well as attendance on both days of the conference.  To book your place online, click the grey "book now" button at the top of the page and return to us at

For further information please contact CIH events team on 024 7685 1722

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