A Traumatised System: A critical crossroads for the commissioning of homelessness services

Thursday, 29 April 2021
Online | 2.30 - 4.00pm | Free

Learning from ten years of commissioning trends in UK homelessness services. Join us to hear the views of commissioners and providers and have your say in this critical debate.

When the pandemic first struck, Riverside were on the brink of launching the report of a study they had commissioned from Imogen Blood & Associates and the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York. This report examined trends in the commissioning of homelessness services by local authorities over the past decade based on conversations with local authority commissioners.

You can download their research and summaries here.

The findings built a picture of a homelessness system which had been ‘traumatised’ as a result of the direct and indirect effects of ten years of funding cuts and national policy changes.

Now, the report’s lead authors, Imogen Blood and Nicholas Pleace, have re-grouped to reflect on how a year of pandemic has impacted on the resilience of this already-traumatised system.

Their new post-script on the original report argues that we are now at a critical crossroads. In the face of further cuts, and combined with the potential for increased homelessness, there is a real risk that services are hastily de-commissioned now, simply to be replaced by new emergency shelters in the future. We must instead seize the opportunity to work together to strengthen prevention, improve long-term housing supply, and commission sustainable, future-proof housing-led support.

Join us, as we host this webinar for Riverside to launch their new report, at this pivotal moment in the commissioning of homelessness services.

At the event you can:

  • Have your say in this critical debate
  • Hear from the researchers themselves
  • Hear the views of key figures including commissioners and providers

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Imogen Blood & Nicholas Pleace – Co authors
  • Rick Henderson – Chief Executive, Homeless link
  • Terrie Alafat – Chair, The Riverside Group and Vice Chair, Crisis
  • Molly Bishop – Strategic lead for Homelessness and Rough Sleeping, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

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