Available open access under CC-BY-NC license. Homelessness is unequivocally devastating. In the UK, people affected by homelessness are ten times more likely to die than their peers in the general population, yet we still miss important opportunities to adequately address the issue.
The Centre for Homelessness Impact brings together this urgent book gathering the insights and experiences of leaders in government, academia and the third sector to present new evidence-based strategies to end homelessness.
Demonstrating why and how a new movement is needed that embraces data and evidence as integral to ending homelessness effectively, this book provides crucial methods to underpin future policy, practice and funding decisions.
“This volume is a fascinating synthesis of the concerns and challenges facing those working to end homelessness, alongside the emerging transferable lessons and insights arising from the growing role of evidence evaluation and what works across many public policy domains." Ken Gibb, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
"Where resources are at a premium, impacts life altering and options disputed building knowledge about what works is essential. This book offers a serious way to achieve large scale sustainable progress for people experiencing homeless in the UK and beyond." Nancy Hey, What Works Wellbeing.
Dr Lígia Teixeira is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact. She was previously Head of Research and Evaluation at Crisis, where for nine years she led the organisation's evidence programme—growing its scale and impact into one of the largest and most influential in the UK and internationally.
James Cartwright is an Editorial and Engagement Associate at the Centre for Homelessness Impact.
Preface: Ligia Teixeira, Director of Centre for Homelessness Impact
Foreword: David Halpern, Chief Exec of the Cabinet Office’s Behavioural Insights Team
Fighting Homelessness With Evidence. Campbell Robb, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Why Evidence Matters. Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs at Crisis
How Evidence Pays. Stephen Aldridge, Director of Analysis and Data at the Ministry of Housing
What Works? Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Trends in Homelessness. Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Professor of Housing and Social Policy, Heriott Watt University, and Dennis Culhane, Director of Research, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans, University of Pennsylvania
Tenant Rights. Victoria Spratt, journalist and campaigner for tenant right reforms in the UK
Housing. Matthew Ponsford, Journalist and campaigner
Welfare. David Webster
Health & Social Care. Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde and former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
International Evidence. Lars Benjaminsen, The Danish National Research Centre for Welfare and Roseanne Haggarty, President of Community Solutions, US
A Bipartisan Approach. Neil Coyle and Will Quince, co-chairs of the All-Party Group on Ending Homelessness
A Call to Arms. Noreen Oliver MBE