Understanding homelessness under the new political regime: What comes next? Conference

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This joint conference aimed to provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges and identify a way forward for ending homelessness in the context of a new political regime, and with the benefit of lessons from research carried out in the North East and elsewhere.

There was a full day’s discussion with key note speeches, workshops, a video and displays of material from a range of homelessness and housing organisations. The themes for the event were chosen along the lines of the NEHTT Homelessness Charter developed before the General Election – this can be read here. The presentations for all speakers, plenary session presenters, and workshop sessions are set out below.


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Slide Packs from the Day

Introduction Slides – Val Keen, Youth Homeless Advisor, St.Basils

Keynote: Understanding homelessness under the new political regime – Jon Sparkes, CEO Crisis

Young People’s Perspective – Mike Clark, Chair of YHNE

YHNE: Findings of the 2015 Survey of Youth Homelessness in the NE – Adele Irving, Research Fellow, Northumbria University

 Workshops AM:

  1. Youth Housing Charter, Young people’s evaluation – Young people with Kieran Platts, Project Assistant, YHNE and Herbie Cooper, Your Homes Newcastle
  2. Measuring single homelessness – Sheila Spencer, NEHTT and Sharon Brown, Regional       Manager, YHNE
  3. Housing Benefit for young people – Ruth O’Sullivan, Campaigns Officer, Centrepoint


 NEHTT Research Sanctions; Is there an alternative? – Dr Jamie Harding, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Science and Languages, Northumbria University


NEHTT: Sanctions Video

The NEHTT research has highlighted the increasing difficulty and disengagement for homeless people as a result of benefit sanctions, and the consequent problems for the organisations working with them. This video highlights the recommendations from the research.



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  1. Health and multiple and complex needs – Lindsay Henderson, Strategy and Partnership Manager, Homeless Link and Phil Dobson, Projects Director, Oasis Aquila Housing , Alex Smith, Fulfilling Lives.
  2. Housing Benefit for young people – Ruth O’Sullivan, Campaigns Officer, Centrepoint
  3. The implications of Universal Credit for homeless people and organisations – Paul Anderson, Policy Manager, Homeless Link


Unsupported temporary accommodation, and the housing options of offenders – Sheila Spencer, NEHTT and Bill Davies, IPPR North

Summing up and close – Martin Gill – Centrepoint Director of Housing and Support



The conference report is available to view here.



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Participant feedback reports are available to view here












YHNE Report – Youth Homeless North East Survey Report 2015









NEHTT Report – Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness: NEHTT report 2015








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