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The importance of supporting people off the streets and back into stable accommodation cannot be ignored, but to effectively tackle homelessness, we must also target efforts and resources further upstream to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place. 

This one-day in-person Conference will consider the drivers and potential preventative strategies, showcasing good practice and sharing knowledge in areas such as:

  • identifying key risks of homelessness and building effective partnerships with other sectors to provide early support;  
  • tailoring preventative approaches for different at risk groups; 
  • providing legal and financial guidance to prevent evictions or exclusions; and 
  • aiding transitions from institutions such as prison, hospital or care. 

The programme will include keynote presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions covering different areas of prevention, with plenty of time allowed to network and share experiences with other delegates.

Programme

09.00      Registration and refreshments

10.00     Open plenary: The Power of Prevention

  • Chair: Rick Henderson, Chief Executive, Homeless Link
  • Professor Peter Mackie, Reader, Cardiff University
  • Maria Morgan, Founder and Director, Kineara

Followed by questions and discussion

11.05      Refreshment break

11.25      Breakout session 1

Delegates are asked to select one of the following sessions to attend:

  • Preventing homelessness through the Renters' Reform Bill
    Facilitated by Homeless Link, Shelter and the National Housing Federation
  • Ending hospital discharge to the streets: Robust exits plans for sustainable outcomes
    Facilitated by Pathway and Healthy London Partnership
  • Identifying risk in schools: Upstream prevention and family mediation
    Facilitated by Llamau - Upstream Project
  • Preventing the financial causes of homelessness
    Facilitated by Harp Southend
  • Gender-informed prevention: Supporting those suffering from domestic abuse
    Facilitors to be confirmed

12.35      Networking lunch

13.35      Breakout session 2

Delegates are asked to select one of the following sessions to attend:

  • Home together: co-designed living spaces for young people leaving care
    Facilitated by The House Project Islington
  • Supporting those leaving prison into accommodation and community
    Facilitated by Crisis and St Martins
  • Supporting people to access properties in the private rented sector
    Facilitated by Rentstart and Leeds City Council
  • Prevention through mentoring: The importance of peer to peer support
    Facilitated by The Forward Trust
  • The benefits of collaborative working
    Facilitors to be confirmed

14:45     Refreshment break

15:05     Ministerial Address and Closing Plenary - Finding the way forward

Our closing panel will open with a Ministerial Address from Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.

Our expert panel will then discuss the next steps for homelessness prevention, and how we can work together across sectors to ensure our best chance of success.

Our panel will include: 

  • Chair: Rick Henderson, Chief Executive, Homeless Link
  • Steve Benson, Chief Executive, Two Saints
  • Jo Beck, Homelessness Advice and Support Team Manager, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
  • Dr Bola Owolabi, Director – Health Inequalities, NHS England (invited)
  • Paul Kisack, Group Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (invited)

16:30      End of conference

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