WEEK 2

Housing System

Create a housing system that leaves no one behind

Good quality and secure housing is central to ending homelessness, yet many people across the country struggle to afford a home that is safe and meets their needs.

For sustainable long-term solutions, people need to feel a sense of control and ownership over their accommodation—that it is more than simply a roof over their heads. This means not just improving availability and access to housing, but making sure the housing we have is of sufficient quality and appropriate to people's needs.

In the second week of the festival we will investigate what might need to happen to create a more equitable housing system through the lens of poverty, race and gender.

We will also hear from people affected by homelessness and government ministers about the emergency provisions for housing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the long-term implications of these actions for our housing system.

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All Housing System events

July 20, 2020

14:00 - 15:00 BST

Amanda Andere
Tony McKenzie
Marc Dones
Steve Douglas

Housing, Poverty and Racism in the Movement to End Homelessness

July 20, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

The past few months have seen a surge in discussions of systemic racism, and how racial justice and equality is to be incorporated into society at all levels.

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July 21, 2020

16:00 - 17:00 BST

Jo Bibby
Sir Michael Marmot
Alice Wiseman
Poppy Noor

How COVID-19 exposes the underlying housing and health inequalities in society

July 21, 2020
16:00 - 17:00 BST
Understanding What Works

In this session, we explore what it will take to ensure we don't return to business as usual in a post-pandemic society: that appropriate housing is seen as a critical factor in health and wellbeing is at the top of the agenda.

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July 22, 2020

15:00 - 16:00 BST

Dr Lígia Teixeira
Dennis Culhane
Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Deborah Padgett
Paul Davidson

Homelessness post COVID-19: how to harness the power of data and evidence to improve local and national responses

July 22, 2020
15:00 - 16:00 BST
Understanding What Works

In this session, we will discuss how data and evidence could show us a way forward in a time of shifting priorities, uncertainty and limited resources.

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July 23, 2020

14:00 - 15:00 BST

Gavin Smart
Ken Gibb
Eoin O'Sullivan
Meera Chindooroy
Brenda Rosen

Affordable housing and homelessness in the aftermath of COVID19

July 23, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Understanding What Works

With COVID-19 set to cause a significant rise in the number of people experiencing poverty, it's more important than ever to ensure we have enough quality, affordable homes in the right places. This session will explore how we can scale ongoing efforts so that more people on low incomes can access and remain in affordable and decent homes faster.

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July 24, 2020

15:00 - 16:00 BST

Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán
Keir McCluskey
Bridget Ackeifi
Tamiru Mammo

Housing Cost Calculator Masterclass

July 24, 2020
15:00 - 16:00 BST
Capacity Building

This masterclass with our Head of Evidence and Data will show you how to get the best results from CHI's Housing Costs Calculator.

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July 24, 2020

11:00 - 12:00

Alison Inman
Kelly Henderson
Amanda Hailes
Lucy Baldwin
Elisa Vasquez-Walters

Responding to women's homelessness during COVID19

July 24, 2020
11:00 - 12:00
Understanding What Works

This session will explore the intersection between women's homelessness, domestic abuse and women's experiences of the justice and housing systems. Join us to discuss what the evidence tells us about how best to respond now and post pandemic to help ensure women are helped more effectively.

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Exhibition: Anthony Luvera

The Centre for Homelessness Impact is proud to present the work of the artist Anthony Luvera as part of the Impact Festival 2020. Working in collaboration with people who have experienced homelessness, these works tell stories about individual experiences, and the systems and services that shape people’s everyday lives.

Further resources for Housing System

Experience
Understanding Homlessness - Explore the Data

In January 2015, volunteers nationwide counted 546,580 homeless people in the United States. This visualization shows those homeless people as dots, repositioning and coloring them according to geography, economic factors, and social considerations to reveal insights about the problem of homelessness.

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Social Housing - Definitions and Design Exemplars by Paul Karakusevic & Abigail Batchelor

Published in April 2017, this book explores the best new public housing at a pivotal time for the sector, focusing primarily on an architectural lens. It accompanied an exhibition of the same name at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in 2017.

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Housing Economics : A Historical Approach by Ken Gibbing

The history of housing shows long-run social progress, littered with major disasters; nevertheless the progress is often forgotten, whilst the difficulties hit the headlines. Housing Economics provides a long-term economic perspective on macro and urban housing issues, from the Victorian era onwards. A historical perspective sheds light on modern problems and the constraints on what can be achieved; it concentrates on the key policy issues of housing supply, affordability, tenure, the distribution of migrant communities, mortgage markets and household mobility.

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Big Capital: Who is London For? by Anna Minton

London is facing the worst housing crisis in modern times, with knock-on effects for the rest of the UK. Anna Minton cuts through the complexities, jargon and spin to give a clear-sighted account of how we got into this mess and how we can get out of it.

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond follows eight families struggling to pay rent to their landlords during the financial crisis of 2007–2008. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems.

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Reasons to be Cheerful: Housing First

Ed Milliband and Geoff Lloyd host this podcast exploring ideas to fix the world. In this episode, they explore Housing First as a long-term solution to Britain's homelessness crisis.

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Making A House A Home (Housing Europe): Housing First

In this episode of Housing Europe's Making A House A Home podcast, the team turns its attention to Housing First. Finland and Flanders are among the areas to have successfully implemented Housing First - what can their case tell us about its potential for solving homelessness?

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Planet Money (NPR): Counting the Homeless

In this episode of NPR's Planet Money podcast, three efforts to address homelessness across America are explored. Among them, one of the trickiest challenges in getting people off the street: counting the homeless.

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The Documentary Podcast (BBC): The Hidden Homeless

On this episode of BBC's The Documentary Podcast, we meet the families living in cramped, unstable temporary accommodation as they wait for a place to call a home.

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How to overcome apathy and find your power

Using humor and personal anecdotes from a career spanning almost 50 years, activist Dolores Huerta offers inspiration on how anyone can overcome apathy and find their voice and their power to activate social change.

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