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.
"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.