Centre for Homelessness Impact releases first publication

Centre for Homelessness Impact releases first publication

The Centre for Homelessness Impact has today released its first publication which advocates for a new movement that embraces data and evidence to end homelessness effectively, providing crucial methods to underpin future policy, practice and funding decisions.

Using Evidence to End Homelessness features a wide range of expert contributors including Stephen Aldridge (MHCLG), Suzanne Fitzpatrick (Heriot-Watt University), Baroness Olly Grender MBE (House of Lords), David Halpern (Cabinet Office and BIT) and Ligia Teixeira (Centre for Homelessness Impact) among others.

It seems likely that the coronavirus pandemic will transform the economy beyond all recognition and the poorest in society will be the hardest hit, potentially pushing greater numbers of people into homelessness than ever before. An evidence-led approach is the only way we can avoid an even bigger crisis once the pandemic is over.

The Centre for Homelessness Impact brings together this urgent book gathering the insights and experiences of leaders in government, academia and the third sector to present new evidence-based strategies to end homelessness.

Demonstrating why and how a new movement is needed that embraces data and evidence as integral to ending homelessness effectively, this book provides crucial methods to underpin future policy, practice and funding decisions.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “We are delighted to have contributed a chapter to this important book. It has never been more important to focus on what works when it comes to ending homelessness – and the last month has shown the extent of what can be achieved when there is the political will to tackle and prevent it. We hope that this will provide a blueprint to both national and local Governments for future policy and funding decisions.”

Dr Ligia Teixeira added: “The publication of Using Evidence to End Homelessness is an exciting moment for us, as it’s the start of our journey to reboot the entire homelessness system and revolutionise it for the better. Shifting the homelessness system towards a ‘what works’ approach will not be easy or happen overnight, particularly while the Covid-19 crisis continues to deepen around us.

“But we have before us a very rare opportunity to ensure that we don’t simply return to the way things were before. My co-authors and I believe that we can achieve something substantial for everyone in our society if we implement the strategies laid out in this book and embrace an evidence-based approach to ending homelessness sustainably.”

The book can be bought on the Policy Press or Centre for Homelessness impact websites and other online booksellers.

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