Event Summary

New research shows at least 271,000 people are recorded as homeless in England, including 123,000 children.*  Nearly 250,000 are living in temporary accommodation,  mostly families, and 2400 people are sleeping rough on any given night.

With the number of Section 21 evictions increasing and the rising cost of living ,  there is increasing concern about a perfect storm for services trying to prevent and tackle homelessness.

Westminster Insight’s annual Tackling and Preventing Homelessness Digital Conference will share recommendations, collaborative best practice and evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

We will explore the opportunities to provide access to secure and long-term housing options through reform of the private rented sector and the new Supported Housing Bill, currently making its way through Parliament.

With keynote addresses provided by Bob Blackman MP, Co-Chair, APPGEH and Lord Bob Kerslake, we will review progress against Government targets.  Learn more about the allocation of the Homelessness Prevention Grant funding for local authorities from 2023-2025 .

Through a series of panel discussions and  case studies, you will gain insights on collaborative approaches across housing, health, care and third sector.

We will review the latest data to understand changing trends of people experiencing homelessness. How do you identify severe and multiple disadvantage and support vulnerable groups including care leavers, women and young people.

Learning from successful pilot programmes, you will gain an update on the innovative Housing First approach and understand how to create a framework with meaningful indicators for ending rough sleeping.

*Shelter – 11th Jan 2023

Key Points

  • Assessing needs during the cost-of-living crisis
  • Reviewing opportunities to prevent and tackle homelessness – an update on the Supported Housing Bill and other reforms
  • An update on Section 21 no fault evictions and Private Renters reform
  • Information regarding the allocation of Homelessness Prevention Grant funding for local authorities
  • Reviewing the 2024 target to end rough sleeping: monitoring progress and next steps
  • Embedding updated guidelines and frameworks in Integrated Care Systems for people at risk of homelessness
  • Learning from the Housing First approach
  • Understanding specific needs and recommendations to  support young people and  care leavers at  risk of homelessness.