The Homelessness Reduction Act - one year on

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019
London | 10.00am-4.00pm

Housing Quality Network (HQN) in association with Homeless Link brings you this one-day conference to explore the day-to-day reality of implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), the barriers to success and  the challenges that remain.

About the event:

Hailed by campaigners as a landmark piece of legislation that will transform the way local authorities approach homeless applications, the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) aims to ensure no-one is turned away when they ask their council for help.  But one year on, have things started to improve and are we finally on the road to long-term homelessness prevention?

This major one-day conference, in association with Homeless Link, will look at the day-to-day reality of implementing the Act, the barriers to success and  the challenges that remain. And it will attempt to answer the question, what has actually changed? You will hear from the Government, leading homelessness charities and local authorities working to implement the Act on a daily basis.

There is no doubt the Government is focused on reducing homelessness, rough sleeping, and the numbers of households in temporary accommodation. But does the Act do enough to tackle the root causes and is the social housing sector itself doing enough to prevent homelessness through a sustainable co-ordinated response? With the new Act now in force for nearly a year, this conference will look at the national policy agenda, update on current homelessness  issues and trends and hear about solutions which can be implemented across the country.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Matt Harrison, Director of Business and Enterprise for Homeless Link
  • Jo Beck, Homelessness Advice and Support Team Manager, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Chris Hancock, Head of Policy, Crisis
  • Sarah-Jane Gay, External Affairs Manager, London and South East, National Housing Federation
  • Nick Porter, Senior Advisor – Housing, Local Government Association
  • Elly Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy, London Councils
  • Helen Brown, Cambridgeshire Homelessness Trailblazer Project
  • Darren Alexander, Head of Housing Needs, Customer and Commercial, Luton Borough Council

Who is this event for:

All professionals involved in preventing homelessness, including front line triage, homeless prevention staff, housing options officers and service managers.  Those responsible for homelessness reviews and strategies. Housing association and voluntary sector employees with an active or future role in homelessness prevention.

Book your place

Homeless Link members are eligable to attend at the discounted rate of £190+vat.  Please use discount code #hqnhomeless when booking.


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Alex McKenzie

Conference and events manager

Alex manages Homeless Link's conference and events programme.

Telephone: 020 7840 4493