Key Points
  • How the HRA fits into the wider Government Homelessness agenda
  • Implementing the HRA: Progress made to date, key challenges and next steps
  • Partners perspectives on the Duty to Refer
  • Implementing Housing First in England


Overview
  • Bex Pritchard, Director of Operations, Crisis
  • Liz Davies, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
  • Daniel Ferlance , Housing Solutions Manager Southwark Council
  • Chris Parker , Senior Active Inclusion Officer, Newcastle City Council
  • Catherine Ryder , Head of Policy National Housing Federation
  • Emma Morse , Portfolio Holder for Customer Access including Homelessness, Exeter City Council
  • Nicole Jacobs , CEO, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence
  • Trish Connolly , Best Practice Development Manager, Crisis
  • Matt Downie , Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis
  • Anita Birchall , Head of Threshold, Threshold Housing Project
  • Jo Prestidge , Innovation and Good Practice Project Manager, Housing First England
  • Lucy Watson , Managing Director, Fulfilling Lives, Islington Camden


  • The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA) was enacted in April 2018. The Act is the most significant change to homelessness legislation since it was first introduced in the 1970’s. The Act placed a number of new or strengthened duties on local housing authorities that are designed to ensure all households at risk of homelessness receive earlier and more effective interventions.

    Our forum provides an essential update on how local authorities and their partners are delivering the requirements of the HRA. Attend to network with colleagues delivering local authority homelessness services, and partners working with vulnerable clients who may be seeking homelessness assistance from local authorities. Explore the latest policy and practice in preventing homelessness and experiences of embedding the new duties in practice, including the Duty to Refer.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair and Westminster Insight Welcoming Remarks

 

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Bex Pritchard Director of Operations, Crisis

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09:10 - 09:40
Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, key principles & implementation one year on

 
  • How the new prevention and relief duties work
  • Duty to secure interim accommodation
  • When to make intentionally homeless decisions
  • Case-law round-up


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Liz Davies Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

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09:40 - 09:50
Questions and Discussion

 

10:00 - 10:50
Panel Discussion: Early Lessons and Outcomes from Trailblazers

 
  • Meeting the challenges and opportunities of responding to the Act
  • Staff recruitment, training and cultural change
  • Changing tools, processes and work flows
  • Delivering prevention and relief services
  • Providing assessments and personalised housing plans
  • New burdens funding
  • Updating data collection systems 
  • Measuring the impact of the Act


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Dr Chris Parker Senior Active Inclusion Officer

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Daniel Ferlance Housing Solutions Manager, Southwark Council

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10:50 - 11:10
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:10 - 12:00
Panel Discussion: Collaborative Working to Prevent Homelessness - Reflecting on Prevention and the Duty to Refer

 
  • Establishing local arrangements with agencies for referrals
  • Understanding the obligations of pubic authorities to make a referral
  • Ensuring good referral processes and protocols are in place for early intervention
  • Developing data sharing agreements 
  • Education and prevention work to meet the needs of particular at risk groups including care leavers, prison leavers, veterans, survivors of domestic abuse and those suffering from a mental illness
  • Exploring the necessary steps local authorities must take upon receiving a referral
  • Measuring and reporting referral outcomes


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Catherine Ryder Head of Policy, National Housing Federation

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Emma Morse Portfolio Holder for Customer Access including Homelessness, Exeter City Council

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Nicole Jacobs CEO, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

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Trish Connolly Best Practice Development Manager, Crisis

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12:00 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: Housing First in England

 
  • Exploring the background and evidence base of Housing First
  • The key principles and why they are important
  • Understanding the principles required for commissioning, designing and delivering a Housing First service in England
  • Case studies of successful projects
  • Feedback from the Government’s regional pilots
  • Evidencing the effectiveness of Housing First


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Matt Downie Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis

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Anita Birchall Head of Threshold, Threshold Housing Project (Threshold)

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Jo Prestidge Innovation and Good Practice Project Manager, Housing First England

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Lucy Watson Managing Director, Fulfilling Lives, Islington Camden

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12:50 - 13:00
Chair’s Final Remarks and Close of Forum

 

End

Speakers

Anita Birchall Head of Threshold, Threshold Housing Project (Threshold)

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Trish Connolly Best Practice Development Manager, Crisis

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Liz Davies Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

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Matt Downie Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis

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Daniel Ferlance Housing Solutions Manager, Southwark Council

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Nicole Jacobs CEO, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

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Emma Morse Portfolio Holder for Customer Access including Homelessness, Exeter City Council

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Dr Chris Parker Senior Active Inclusion Officer

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Jo Prestidge Innovation and Good Practice Project Manager, Housing First England

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Bex Pritchard Director of Operations, Crisis

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Catherine Ryder Head of Policy, National Housing Federation

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Lucy Watson Managing Director, Fulfilling Lives, Islington Camden

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Venue details

Central London


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