North East Homeless Think Tank

Please note that NEHTT is a third party partner and not part of Youth Homeless North East

NEHTTThe North East Homelessness Think Tank (NEHTT) is a regional group, comprising academics, researchers and policy officers (from Centrepoint, Youth Homeless North East*, Homeless Link, Shelter, Barnardo’s, Changing Lives, the Northern Housing Consortium, the Institute for Public Policy and Research North, and Northumbria University, as well as independent specialists).

Our aim:

NEHTT aims to inform and influence policies affecting homeless client groups through research, campaigning and other collaborative activities.  The NEHTT uses the knowledge and resources of its members in the North East to influence policy locally, regionally and nationally.

NEHTT members have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of housing and homelessness. NEHTT harnesses these individual resources to provide a powerful resource to help raise the profile of homelessness issues in the North East and beyond.

Members of NEHTT are committed to working collaboratively as a group and with local authorities (local policy makers and commissioners), other parts of the public sector (health, criminal justice, and employment), the voluntary and community sector, and service users to address homelessness and associated issues in the North East.

NEHTT members have extensive networks, locally and nationally, with links to the Department for Communities and Local Government, civil servants and specialist advisors. These contacts will support access to political networks such as the Inter-Ministerial Group on Homelessness and the All Party Parliamentary Housing Group convened by the Northern Housing Consortium.

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Terms of Reference

View the North East Homeless Think Tank Terms of Reference here


Youth Homeless North East is an independent, action driven community of young people, providers, policy makers and commissioners working in partnership to prevent, tackle and resolve youth homelessness through providing a voice for young people, influencing policy and strategy, promoting innovation and best practice and in bringing about change.

Homeless Link is a national charity supporting people and organisations working directly with homeless people in England. Homeless Link represents homelessness organisations among local and national government.  As the national collaborative hub for information and debate on homelessness, it seeks to improve services for homeless people and to advocate policy change. Through this work, they aim to end homelessness in England.

De Paul UK empower young people experiencing homelessness. The charity provides emergency accommodation, supported housing and other services to help people rebuild their lives. Their mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of people affected by it. De Paul UK believes in a society in which everyone has a place to call home and a stake in their community.

Changing Lives is one of the North East’s most progressive homelessness charities.  The Charity offers a holistic approach to tackling the needs of vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people; helping them make lasting changes in their lives.  Working with clients in a holistic manner, Changing Lives provides services and support that are appropriate for each individual.  This ranges from emergency intervention to training and employment, supporting over 1200 clients at any point in time.

Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.  They do this by giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need, and by campaigning for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good.

Shelter provides free, confidential advice to people with all kinds of housing problems through online housing information and face-to-face local services.  They tackle the root causes of bad housing by lobbying government and local authorities for new laws and policies, and more investment, to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people.

Influential campaigns bring aspects of bad housing to the attention of the media and the public and as a leading expert on housing in Britain, Shelter develop practical solutions to address the housing crisis also working in conjunction with the housing sector to promote good practice, publish reports and deliver professional training.

IPPR North is part of the Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK’s leading progressive think tank. They produce research and innovative policy ideas for a fair, democratic and sustainable world.  IPPR North is IPPR’s dedicated think tank for the North of England, with offices in Newcastle and Manchester.  They work across three broad themes: regional economics, localism and community policy.

Independent Specialist Researchers based in the North East have worked across the North and other regions providing research and consultancy for local authorities, housing providers (social and supported housing), health and criminal justice agencies and regional groups. In the North East recent work includes: an analysis of the scale and nature of need amongst homeless people focussing on hidden homelessness; identifying how housing outcomes for offenders can be improved; plans for addressing the housing needs of substance misusers; and the development of toolkits and support for local authorities embracing the principles of No Second Night Out and other strategies for tackling rough sleeping.

Academic researchers: a team of academics and researchers at Northumbria University have undertaken a number of applied research and evaluation projects in the area of homelessness and housing, for a range of clients and funders, including: Newcastle City Council, the Cyrenians, Crisis, VONNE, the Millfield House Foundation, the Webb Trust and the Northern Rock Foundation. Areas covered by the projects include: the factors linked to homeless 16-17 year olds living successfully in independent housing; the origins of poverty and exclusion among homeless people; the hidden lives and needs of sex workers in the North East; the impact of funding cuts on the capacity of the North East to meet the needs of homeless people; the value of housing-related support services for homeless people; and the relationship between low-income, shared housing and experiences of multiple disadvantage.

Crisis works directly with homeless people every year. They provide vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. They offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales.

Help can consist of finding a home and helping people settle in, getting new skills and finding a job, or help with health and wellbeing.

Crisis use research to find out how best to improve services and to find wider solutions to homelessness. Crisis also campaign for the changes needed to end homelessness for good.

Justlife work with people who are close to the streets initiating research and informing local and national policy to influence and improve national and local housing policy.

Justlife’s vision is to make people’s experience of housing vulnerability as short, safe and healthy as possible.

They provide frontline services to prevent people falling into homelessness and to progress those who are homeless towards and into safe, healthy and stable lifestyles. They work with people to learn, evaluate and modify practice on an ongoing basis.

Justlife are one of the only organisations specialising in working alongside those living in unsupported temporary accommodation. They use their expertise and learning to inform practice across the sector through: relationships, events, strategic partnerships, networks and consultancy.

We engage with decision makers and those involved in policy at a national and local level, to share our learning from the frontline and research, informing policy which affects our service users.

Northumbria Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the areas of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear in North East England. Northumbria Police motto is Proud to Protect.

George Street Social was opened in July 2016 to provide a safe place for people in all stages of recovery along with the general public to enjoy an alcohol free social space.

The space is used for any purpose that helps people grow, flourish or improve any aspect of their physical, emotional, spiritual & mental wellbeing.

The George Street Social is run by the Road to Recovery Trust, an organisation founded on the principles of 12 Step Program with the aim of transforming the North East of England into a region with one of the highest rates of abstinence-based recovery from addictions in the country.

Housing Federation is the voice of housing associations in England. Their vision is a country where everyone can live in a good quality home they can afford.

Housing Federation embers provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.

Northern Consortium is a charity founded in 1987 to facilitate access to British education for international students. The Northern Consortium was established by a group of forward thinking universities in the north of England. The group, keen to share their knowledge and experience, established one of the earliest examples of transnational education.

In 2003, the Northern Consortium, established its wholly-owned subsidiary, NCUK, to continue to create opportunities internationally that improve access to higher education for students globally.

The Northern Consortium’s core charitable object is the advancement of education which it pursues through the activities of NCUK, and directly through the provision of scholarships, awards and investments in the international education market.

Oasis Housing is a national Christian charity whom exist to reignite hope and a future for everyone facing homelessness. They have more than 17 projects throughout the country.

Oasis don’t define people by labels. Instead they see a human being with hopes, fears and dreams.

They believe every person they work with has worth and value, and that their situation can be transformed for good.

Non-voting members – Local Authorities

All 12 local authorities are invited to attend NEHTT. 9 local authorities are currently active.

North East Homeless Think Tank November 15, 2012


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