UK homelessness expert Dr Beth Watts-Cobbe is a key author in the team that delivers the regular Crisis Homelessness Monitors and has a long-standing interest in effective altruism and its potential regarding policy and practice in the homelessness sector. The effective altruism movement seeks
Black people are three and a half times as likely to experience statutory homelessness as White British people, according to a new report authored by Heriot-Watt University.
The ‘Housing First’ Pathfinder programme transformed the way some of the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness are supported across Scotland, a new independent report has found.
The University of Glasgow’s Homelessness Initiative will be launched at a free event in April where Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick will give her take on the current landscape and explore what drivers contribute to homelessness in Glasgow. The event is the first in a series of public lectures as
The Housing First Pathfinder has been highly effective at supporting people with the sharpest experiences of homelessness to stay in their homes, according to the country’s first evaluation of Housing First, published this week by I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University. The independent I
Prof Sarah Johnsen and Dr Janice Blenkinsopp provide an overview of the main findings from the first interim report of the independent evaluation of Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder programme. Operating in five areas encompassing six local authorities (Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, Dunde
New research published by the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) based at Heriot-Watt University has found that the planning process in England is reinforcing racial inequality, despite having clear potential to support the needs of ethnic minority residents. The st
The Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness (GAEH), a unique collaboration that aims to eradicate homelessness in the city, has created an Advisory Council with experts from public health, social policy, housing and the built environment.
With all of Holyrood’s political parties now supporting Housing First ahead of May’s election, Professor Sarah Johnsen, an expert in homelessness policy based with I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University, explains why the approach is attractive to politicians looking for an effective, evidenc
In a guest blog for the Edinburgh Poverty Commission, Professor Glen Bramley from the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research at Heriot-Watt University, writes that there is no pathway to ending poverty in Edinburgh without resolving the city’s housing and homelessness c
An internationally renowned award has been presented to a research group whose work prompted a step-change in the UK Government’s approach to extreme disadvantage.
Following the publication of the policy briefing on homelessness prevention in the UK early this year, Prof Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Dr Peter Mackie, and Dr Jenny Wood reflect on the emerging impact of this CaCHE analysis.
Heriot-Watt University has been announced as a recipient of a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the work of its Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), an institute that has brought new impetus to UK and international efforts to address extre
I-SPHERE Professor Sarah Johnsen describes how a flexible and relational approach helps to overcome many of the barriers that homeless people face when accessing healthcare. As policy interest in inclusion health has escalated, there has been increased recognition that existing healthcare ser
Prof. Sarah Johnsen from Heriot-Watt University describes four key ingredients that make Housing First work. There continues to be increasing quantitative evidence of an over-representation of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) amongst homeless populations, which corroborates the findings of years o