Rethinking Homelessness: debate at St Martin-in-the-Fields

11th June 2014

Homelessness is increasing while the funding for services is decreasing.  This demands a new response both at a structural level, building more homes, and also evolving the services offered. We need to re-think our approach.

Over the last year, a group of five organisations have been working together to do just that. We have focused in particular on prevention, multi-sectoral work, and the issue of emotional resilience.  These three elements are fundamental to a more effective response to the rising cost and scale of homelessness, though they are not the only part of the housing challenge that needs addressing.

Panel discussion

Panel discussion

Steve Holliday speaks at the event

Steve Holliday speaks at the event

"From a client perspective, it's the relationship with individual staff that really makes the difference - to their empowerment, motivation, self-esteem and emotional resilience." Stuart Nevill, SPEAR

120 delegates attended the event on 11th June where we introduced a new short film, designed to bring these issues alive. Steve Holliday, the Chairman of Crisis and Chief Executive of National Grid, helped kick off the discussion; and a briefing paper was launched setting out the evidence base and some ideas for action. You can download your copy here.

The five organisations Rethinking Homelessness are: Crisis, Shelter, SPEAR, St Mungo's Broadway and the Berkeley Foundation.