Coming together to create evidence-led solutions to end homelessness for good.
Impact Forum 2021 is a week-long series of live, online events, exploring what resilience means to individuals and organisations working in homelessness and related fields, and how we can build it into our systems to support an evidence-led end to homelessness.
All events are free of charge and open to anyone. Please register for any and all events below.
Monday 7 June
The first day of the Forum will involve a deep dive into this year’s theme: the concept of resilience and what it means to individuals and organisations working in homelessness and related fields.
Ending homelessness requires unified action on an unprecedented scale, and to do it, the field will need to call upon its collective resilience to face down many urgent challenges.
Resilience represents different things to different people, but for all of us who have lived through the pandemic, it will be an essential quality to deal with years of future uncertainty. So how can we ensure that resilience is built into the systems we’re currently trying to change?
We’ll hear from experts by experience, philanthropists and policymakers to explore how resilience can be an essential tool to ending homelessness for good. We will start the week off by exploring collective resilience. We will then be joined throughout the day by some headline speakers - each presenting for around 20 minutes, followed by an audience Q&A.
Tuesday 8 June
The second day of the Impact Forum will explore the politics of place, and how local governments and organisations across the world are responding to rising homelessness.
Policy-makers are increasingly recognising that community can represent an affinity among people but also an attachment to place. People can identify strongly with where they live.
In England, ministers talk of “levelling up” by spreading prosperity and opportunity more evenly across the country. They also talk of responding to the pandemic by “building back better”. How can we ensure that ending homelessness is embedded within this approach?
We’ll hear from speakers across government and third sectors about how the politics of geography has affected approaches to homelessness over the past decade and what we can do to ensure the equitable provision of care.
Wednesday 9 June
Homelessness is a devolved issue, with policy managed by administrations in each of the UK nations, each one with its own insights and approaches to ending homelessness for good.
We're delighted to welcome ministers, policy makers, sector workers and those with lived experience from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England, to hear how new approaches to evidence and policy are moving the dial on ending homelessness for good as well as honest appraisals of flagship initiatives like Everyone In.
Thursday 10 June
Ending homelessness for good is only possible if we build a strong global movement to demand better evidence and data and that our sector supporters are united in this common goal.
The fourth day of the forum will be an in-depth exploration of the common challenges we share and the myriad opportunities we need to take to advance quickly and effectively.
We'll hear about how we can best create a culture of rapid rehousing and what different sectors are doing to help those with no recourse to public funds. Elsewhere we will hear what it will really take to end street homelessness and how our understanding of what works in prevention has evolved in the past year.
Friday 11 June
The fifth and final day of our Impact Forum is intended to galvanise us all in working towards a future where homelessness is only ever rare, brief and non-recurrent. To do this, we know we need everyone at the table to embrace a What Works approach.
We’ll hear from evidence experts who’ve achieved great success applying evidence and data to complementary fields and from local authorities and community builders about the best ways to unite a community of partners under a shared vision.
We’ll sign off with a keynote reflection on the whole week of events and offer practical solutions to anyone who wants to get involved to end homelessness.