IGH Joins Efforts to Address Global Street Homelessness; RAIS Fundación Proposes Policy Change in Spain; and More

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The United Nations Working Group to End Homelessness

The United Nations NGO Working Group to End Homelessness (WGEH), IGH, and the International Coalition to End Homelessness propose a renewed focus on measuring and ending street homelessness worldwide. WGEH convened last month to present U.N. members with information that would support their proposal – to consider housing as a basic human need, and to explore the challenges street homelessness poses to meeting other U.N. objectives, including the 2030 New Urban Agenda. A large part of these efforts going forward will be building political will to measure the problem, explained Mark McGreevy, IGH’s co-founder and Group Chief Executive of Depaul International.

“There’s a unique role that we can play, with our data and research, as well as the wealth of knowledge from our community of partners,” says Lydia Stazen, IGH Executive Director.

Read the article here.

Read about WGEH here.

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The Homelessness Monitor: Scotland 2019

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The Homelessness Monitor is an analysis of the impact of recent economic and policy developments in homelessness across the United Kingdom. It is the third annual report of an independent study, funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Key findings include: homelessness has become a key policy priority for the Scottish Government; the overall scale of statutory homelessness in Scotland has been relatively flat for the past five years; development of temporary accommodation has been fairly stable over the past decade; and more.

Read the report on the IGH Hub.

Depaul USA’s Second Dax House in Chicago, USA

Depaul USA is thrilled to announce that they now own a second Dax House in Chicago, USA! It will provide housing to four additional DePaul University students experiencing homelessness or lacking secure housing. In 2014, Depaul USA established the Dax Program to address homelessness among college students in Chicago – providing housing, case management, counseling referrals, transportation, food, textbook assistance, and educational reimbursements.

Learn more here.

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Preventing Premature Deaths Among People Experiencing Homelessness

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Figures from the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics show an increase in premature deaths among people living without shelter in England and Wales. On the Centre for Homelessness Impact‘s blog, Dr. Emily Tweed discusses ways to prevent such deaths through effective action. Dr. Tweed highlighted a key piece of the data found – one’s life circumstances profoundly shape their chances of good health. Homelessness can increase high risks of poor health which can lead to premature death. She suggests that the homelessness service sector analyze the “causes of the causes” – the larger social, economic, and political factors which shape the course of life and apply preventative measures on a larger scale.

Read the blog here.

Transforming the System to End Homelessness in Spain

Alberto Hidalgo Hermoso: “we want homelessness on the political and electoral agenda. That’s why we’re developing awareness and advocacy with political parties, to strengthen their commitment to solving this problem”.

As part of the European End Street Homelessness Campaign, the RAIS Fundación published proposals to improve the systems in place to address homelessness across Spain. The non-profit organization suggests that homelessness is not an individual issue but, instead, is the result of ineffective policies.

Read the article here.

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Malala Fund, UNICEF USA, Social Bite and IGH Collaborate for Global Sleep Out

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This week marked the soft launch of the Global Sleep Out campaign of 2019. Social Bite, Malala Fund, UNICEF USA and IGH have collaborated to headline the initiative. The campaign aims to have 50,000 people participate in the sleep out on a given night to bring attention to and raise funding for homelessness on a global scale. co-founder of the Malala Fund, Malala Yousafzai, took part in a moderated Q&A where she shared insight from her lived experience of homelessness.

“I am excited to work with our partners – Malala Fund, UNICEF USA and the Institute for Global Homelessness – to bring this campaign to the international stage and I hope we can make a big difference to many people who don’t have a safe place to call home across the world,” said Josh Littlejohn MBE, Co-Founder of Social Bite.

Read the article here.

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La Casa Norte Opens Homelessness Facility; The Y Foundation Shares Expert Outlooks on Homelessness in 2030; and More.

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La Casa Norte Opens Facility in Chicago for People Experiencing Homelessness

La Casa Norte, an organization serving families and youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago, USA, opened a new, state-of-the-art facility in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The facility features supportive housing units for youth and families, a youth drop-in center, a healthcare center, a nutrition center, food pantry, and homelessness prevention services. Sol Flores, the agency’s Executive Director, will be joining Illinois Governor Pritzker’s administration as deputy governor to help rebuild state health and human services infrastructure. In her interview with Jenn White of WBEZ91.5 Chicago, Flores highlights the top three floors of the facility – the supportive housing units – as the “crown jewel”.

Sol Flores: I think we understand that someone’s gotta get off the streets. But then we know what are the hierarchy of needs: We need food, we need clothing, we need shelter. And then once you get past that basic sort of knee-jerk, then it’s about our social and emotional needs, it’s our academic needs, it’s our education needs.

Read article here.

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Homelessness in 2030: Essays on possible futures

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The Y Foundation compiled a collection of essays intended to share wisdom from leading experts in homelessness, social policy, and poverty, needed to end homelessness. It includes a wide range of scenarios of the state of homelessness in the year 2030. Suzanne Fitzpatrick – Professor of Housing and Social Policy at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Director of the University’s Institute of Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research, discusses data, analysis, experience and statistical models as the foundation of future trends in homelessness in the United Kingdom. “Robust, evidence-based projections allow us to forecast what will likely happen on homelessness under a range of plausible scenarios,” says Fitzpatrick.

Read book on the IGH Hub.

The LAHSA Reports on Local Homelessness Among African Americans

More than 100 local leaders convened to address racial disparities and systemic racism in public policy affecting African American people experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County, California, USA. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released a first-of-its-kind study examining the issue. The report includes recommendations – such as interweaving a racial equity lens throughout homelessness policy and service delivery systems as well as across public, private, and philanthropic institutions to create a broad framework to advance equity and eliminate disparities that impact African Americans experiencing homelessness across the county.

Read article here.

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Sydney, Australia Joins the IGH AP2CH Campaign; CAEH’s 2019 Conference; Working Group Pushes for UN’s Increased Engagement to End Homelessness; and More

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The 2019 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) will host their National Conference on Ending Homelessness on November 4-6, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The conference program will cover a range of topics in homelessness, designed to support and accelerate the end of homelessness in Canada by equipping participants with the tools and training they need to end homelessness in their communities. Online registration, scholarship applications and presentations are now open for submission.

Learn more here.

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Sydney, Australia Joins the A Place to Call Home Campaign

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This week, Sydney, Australia announced their participation in the IGH A Place to Call Home Campaign as the tenth vanguard city. Premier of New South Wales, Australia, Gladys Berejiklian, pledged the local government’s commitment to reduce the number of people experiencing street homelessness by 50% by the year 2025. “We are working hard to break the cycle of homelessness with the latest street count showing a significant reduction in the number of rough sleepers in Sydney,” said Berejiklian.

Read more here.

Hospitals House Patients Experiencing Homelessness

“Health systems can’t pay for us to get out of our affordable housing crisis,” said Rachel Solotaroff, MD, president and CEO of Central City Concern – a nonprofit homelessness and substance abuse service agency.

In 2015, The University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago (UI Health) began a three-year pilot project to house 25 frequent emergency department patients, with chronic health conditions, experiencing homelessness. The Chicago Center for Housing and Health provided a case manager, health care coordination, and other support services to participants. Due to the success of the Better Health Through Housing project, UI Health doubled the number of recipients and plans to further expand. The program is one of a growing number of housing initiatives supported by healthcare systems across the United States. In this article, Bridget M. Kuehn of JAMA Network discusses how an overworked healthcare system can become strained and initiatives like these can alleviate it.

Read more here.

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UN Working Group Discusses Tackling Street Homelessness Head-on

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The United Nations (UN) NGO Working Group to End Homelessness gathered in New York City, New York, USA to brainstorm on proposed long-term goals of UN engagement in ending global street homelessness. The 27-member working group discussed existing efforts and opportunities for homelessness to be addressed in the form of a global goal, starting with achieving a global measurement of the issue. Although the UN agenda doesn’t ignore the need for housing – goal 11 is to ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrade slums by 2030; the working group is encouraging increased efforts tailored to street homelessness around the world.

Read more here.

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Through the Eyes of Change: IGH 2018 Leadership Assembly

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As the 2018 IGH Leadership Program approached, I imagined what it would be like. I anticipated meeting the cohort, who traveled from all over the world, and learning about their endeavors in homelessness. I looked forward to meeting the leaders in homelessness who would be presenting ideas and sharing insight throughout the week. I began to read about the previous convening held in spring 2016.

This was not only my first IGH event but also my first hands-on job training in the United States, as an Atlas Corps fellow focusing on project management. The weeklong event encouraged me to reflect upon how I could apply what I learned to my efforts toward change in my country, Malawi. How could I latch onto community work?

One of my tasks during the program was to share the ideas of the presenters on our social media outlets, and as I did so I began to think about what change is, and how it feels when it is happening, both to leadership and to the people they are trying to lead. Although change can be uncomfortable, it is essential to setting and achieving goals. In order for us to progress toward ending homelessness, we must learn to get comfortable with the discomfort that change often produces in us. Sometimes this change is minor, but sometimes it requires reevaluating whole systems; we must be flexible and willing to confront the status quo if we’re going to make real headway.

In some ways, it is helpful to think of change like a muscle: it can be painful or sore when we exercise it, but that discomfort is proof that the muscle is growing stronger.

During each session, participants worked with one another to share knowledge of their programs and practices, in order to see whether they could help one another fill gaps. (To carry forward the muscle metaphor: participants acted as spotters for one another as they did the heavy lifting of turning a critical eye to their own work.) Speakers with diverse and exceptional expertise in homelessness, consultants, and academic made learning more and interactive; the program felt less like a classroom and more like a collaboration, where participants were as much a part of the teaching structure as the speakers.

To give you a glimpse of the bigger picture, here are some key takeaways:

Principle of Leadership

During this session, participants were challenged to take leading roles in ending homelessness in their communities. Cities joined together to think through how they could use current projects and initiatives to challenge and disrupt systems for more and greater impact in their work.

“Take a moment and think about how sometimes systems become a hindrance to progress in our work, and let’s come up with approaches to change together,” said Pat McArdle, CEO of the Mayday Trust.

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Leading Through Change

Dame Louise Casey reminded participants that change is a process, and ought to be part of a strategy – change is not about throwing pasta at a wall to see what sticks, it’s about targeted, smart adjustments to the system as it operates now. Dame Casey empowered participants to avoid letting their fear of failing delay their plan of action toward their goals. In addition, she encouraged the group to let best practices and an optimistic attitude guide their work. Participants wrestled with questions around how to work better with stakeholders that may be outside the “obvious” partnerships for greater impact and how to bring diverse groups to the table, despite barriers that might seem insurmountable. In an increasingly global world, for example, how can cities engage with individuals on their streets who may not speak the native language?

Tools for Leadership

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Change is a mindset as much as it is a reaction, and it is the job of those in leadership positions to harness the change mindset in order to produce the change reaction. How do leaders leverage communication and interpersonal skills in order to accomplish this? Jill Stewart, from Stewart Communications Ltd., heightened the discussion on effective communication with the participants during this session. Stewart introduced skills to equip participants to respond to changing complexities while working with diverse groups, like determine ways to communicate with everybody on your team in a way that works for both the team member and the team leader.

Effectively Using Resources and Data

Kimberly Schmitt of All Chicago discussed significance of data collection in the homelessness sector. One thing that the participants kept coming back to is that change is often “behind the scenes,” and it can be difficult for the public to understand how much goes into each initiative. Providing transparent, accurate data is one way to combat this disconnect – as well as being a vital tool in the everyday work that cities and the organizations within them do. Schmitt expanded on the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and its evident impact on the work on reducing homelessness in Chicago.

So is this all for the program leaders? Definitely not. Soon we will start featuring participants from 2016 and 2018 programs to share success stories in their work in ending homelessness across the globe, provide insights on how they are applying skills and knowledge gained from the programs. Look out for this exciting journey with our leaders to learn how they are ending homelessness around the world as we take off and grow together!

Participants Feedback During the Program

Susanne Millar,

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership – Glasgow, Scotland

“One of the lessons I’ve learned is using the phrase ‘I don’t know’ is very powerful in allowing yourself to be vulnerable while leading, rather than presenting yourself as a heroic leader.”

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Chris Barton,

Catholic Family & Community Services (CFCS) – Paterson, New Jersey, U.S

“A great platform for learning skills and engagement that needs to be further strengthened with participants’ engagement and communication after the program room.”

Grant Campbell,

Glasgow City Mission – Glasgow, Scotland

“I think there are two important aspects of leadership: direct leadership within my own organization and informal leadership when engaging with my partners.”

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Tackling Student Homelessness at The University of Washington Tacoma; Homelessness Declining in Vietnam; and More

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Student Homelessness Project in Tacoma, Washington

As a joint effort between the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), local real estate developers, and The University of Washington Tacoma’s (UWY) Associated Students (ASUWT), new housing units across UWY will be allocated to students experiencing or at risk of homelessness. THA also pledged to fund 1 million dollars toward ASUWT’s Student Homelessness Project. According to the student group’s Legislative Liaison, Adán Espino Jr., there is a significant number of local students facing homelessness and the purpose of this project.

“When you are homeless, everything around you is impacted in a profound way. You’re in a totally different world and state of mind, where you’re trying to survive instead of getting an education. These apartments will help change that, where students will go from ‘surviving’ to ‘living’ and get their education,” said ASUWT President, Armen Papyan.

Read the article here.

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Boroughs of London, UK Collaborate to Tackle Homelessness

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In efforts to increase adequate housing accommodation for families at risk of homelessness in London, UK, 11 of the city’s boroughs are joining forces. According to the Guardian, The Capital Letters programme is expected to help more than 35,000 households exit homelessness over the next three years.

“Through collaboration, boroughs will collectively strengthen our market position and secure much better housing options for homeless Londoners,” said Darren Rodwell, the city council’s Executive Member for housing and planning.

Read the article here.

Homelessness Decreasing in Vietnam

Data gathered by the government over the last few years shows that poverty has declined in Vietnam. According to Phung Duc Tung, Vietnam Economist and director of the Mekong Development Research Institute in Hanoi, the country lacks a strong safety net for families in inadequate living conditions. Although the country has welfare policies to help the elderly, the disabled and other subpopulations, Tung suggests that Vietnam establish policies for other groups, such as families, and enlist assistance from non-governmental organizations.

“Sure, Vietnam might be among the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world. But what’s more important is whether that growth is carrying all our people along,” said Tung.

Read the article here.

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Cape Town, South Africa Looks at Street Homelessness; Alaska Leaders Collaborate to Tackle Homelessness; and More

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Street Homelessness in Cape Town, SA

A panel of municipal officials and local nonprofit leaders convened to discuss homelessness throughout Alaska. According to Kristen Swann of Alaska Public Media, the group stressed that homelessness impacts Alaskans of all ages, in urban and rural areas alike. Among the group was Bryan Butcher, CEO of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and chairman of the Alaska Council on Homelessness, who shared plans of collaborating with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and other partners to address the issue more efficiently. Butcher suggests that local leaders put more effort into defining homelessness in rural areas. The Alaska Homeless Management Information System shows that service providers reached more than 4,500 people across the region this year.

Read the article here.

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Alaska Municipal League Panel: Homelessness impacts Alaskans of all ages, in urban and rural areas alike

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A panel of municipal officials and local nonprofit leaders convened to discuss homelessness throughout Alaska. According to Kristen Swann of Alaska Public Media, the group stressed that homelessness impacts Alaskans of all ages, in urban and rural areas alike. Among the group was Bryan Butcher, CEO of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and chairman of the Alaska Council on Homelessness, who shared plans of collaborating with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and other partners to address the issue more efficiently. Butcher suggests that local leaders put more effort into defining homelessness in rural areas. The Alaska Homeless Management Information System shows that service providers reached more than 4,500 people across the region this year.

Read the article here.

The BCN – NYC Affordable Housing Challenge

Barcelona, Spain has set a goal to double the number of affordable housing units in the city over the next decade. The New York City mayoral administration has committed to building and preserving affordable homes for 300,000 families. Building on these efforts, the Barcelona City Council and the City of New York are launching the BCN – NYC Affordable Housing Challenge. The two cities are seeking innovative technologies and tools to shorten project timelines, reduce costs, and promote cleaner and more sustainable industry, thus driving reductions in costs of construction and rehabilitation in dense urban areas. The ultimate goal is to make housing more affordable for everyone. The deadline for submitting proposals for the challenge is Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Read more here.

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Scotland’s Ending homelessness and rough sleeping: action plan

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The Scottish government has assembled a high action plan to drive toward ending homelessness and rough sleeping across Scotland, UK. The plan presents a wide range of measures needed to help prevent homelessness and ensure that if it occurs, people are provided housing quickly and effectively. The plan discusses the importance of lived experience; outlines a nationwide performance framework; and includes comprehensive set of recommendations from The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group and the Local Government and Communities Committee. Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, says that this plan “sets the direction for real and lasting change towards ending homelessness”.

Read the plan here.

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A Way Home Europe; Street Homelessness in Taipei, Taiwan; and More.

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A Way Home Europe

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The efforts of A Way Home Canada have inspired communities, states and other countries to join their international movement for change in the homelessness sector. Europe has now joined the A Way Home (AWH) initiative. The continent will engage in shared learning about effective solutions in policy, practice and planning for preventing and ending youth homelessness. In the coming months, AWH will be working with partners from around the world to draft and build consensus on shared international principles that will guide their movement. A Way Home Europe will launch in Spring 2019.

Read the blog here.

Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults: A National Conference

The National Alliance on Ending Homelessness (NAEH) will hold the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults: A National Conference on February 21-22, 2019 in San Diego, California, USA. The convening will consist of expert presentations, panel discussions, interactive learning sessions, and networking opportunities. According to NAEH, the largest group of people experiencing homelessness is individuals living on their own. Stakeholders from across all sectors will gather to examine what is known about people who are experiencing homelessness without their families. The conference will also be an opportunity for participants to discover new ways to help end homelessness among this population.

Register here.

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The Other Taipei: On The Front-lines Helping the Homeless

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Ben Cheney of New Bloom explores the state of street homelessness in Taipei, Taiwan through interviews with Ku Teng-ju of the Homeless Taiwan Association and Chu Yi-jun of the Wanhua Social Welfare Service Center – a division of Taipei City Government’s Department of Social Welfare. Teng-ju estimates that nearly 3,000 people could be living without shelter throughout the city. He suggests that stagnant wages and increased cost of living over the past two decades has contributed to the issue. In addition, aging and poor health, leading to lack of employment, could also be a large factor. Cheney also discusses the demographics of people lacking shelter across different districts of Taipei. Yi-jun suggests that solving the local housing crisis and working to eliminate stigmas surrounding homelessness would help solve the issue.

Read the article here.

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Glasgow, Scotland Joins the A Place to Call Home Campaign

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Glasgow, Scotland announced on October 9th its position as the seventh official Vanguard City in the Institute of Global Homelessness’s A Place to Call Home campaign. The Glasgow Homeless Network, in close collaboration with the city, is at the head of the effort in Glasgow.

The City of Glasgow has pledged to work toward a specific goal by the year 2020 – ending street homelessness.

“Rough sleeping is the most damaging form of homelessness and an ordeal that no one should have to endure. It is a very exciting opportunity for Glasgow and Scotland to be at the front of this programme going forward,” explained Maggie Brunjes, Chief Executive of the Homeless Network.

Glasgow’s target is to reduce the number of people sleeping rough every week by 75% in the city centre area and reduce rough sleeping by 50% across Glasgow, estimated at just over 500 individuals annually, by the end of 2020.

Dame Louise Casey, IGH Chair and former head of the UK Government’s Rough Sleepers’ Unit, said IGH is impressed by the close collaboration between the public and charity sectors in Glasgow, adding: “We believe this is a combination with the strongest potential to achieve the type of change that can be an inspiration to other world cities facing a deeper and more complex challenge.”

Read more about the announcement and plans in Glasgow here.

IGH Joins Rijeka, Croatia to Collect Data; Auckland, New Zealand Counts Street Homelessness; and More

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Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland, New Zealand’s Homeless Count

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Over 700 people took to the streets of Auckland, New Zealand to conduct a point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness. According to Toby Manhire of The Spin Off, volunteers spread from Pukekohe to Warkworth to collect information on the current state of street homelessness. Local homelessness agencies plan to utilize the data to improve allocation of support services. The count was organized by the housing first collective of five community organizations, and supported by the Auckland City Council.

“This will help the community take another step forward to help end homelessness,” said Chris Farrelly, the ‘grandfather’ of street counts in Auckland. Initial figures of the count will be announced on World Homeless Day, October 10, 2018.

Read the article here.

Tackling Homelessness and Meeting Housing Need Conference

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) will host the Tackling Homelessness and Meeting Housing Need Conference on December 5-6, 2018 in Northampton, England. The conference is an opportunity for housing professionals throughout England to convene and consider key policy and strategic issues in homelessness and housing. The Institute encourages senior and front-line members of staff; staff working in the voluntary sector; and members of health and welfare agencies to attend the conference. With a wide range of delegates attending, CIH suggests that this will also be an opportunity for organizations to network and develop new professional relationships.

Register here.

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The Centre for Homelessness Impact Looks at Evidence in England

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In the Centre for Homelessness Impact’s Making Better Use of Evidence to End Rough Sleeping in England blog, Dr. Lígia Teixeira discusses how an evidence-based framework could compliment England’s forthcoming strategy to resolve street homelessness. Dr. Teixeira suggests that such a framework could help the country monitor its progress, while focusing on impact rather than activity and costs. According to The Centre, there are three key steps to move this agenda forward; 1) draw on bodies of evidence and build the evidence of what works; 2) focus on improvement and 3) build local capacity for evidence use. They encourage the use of reliable evidence on homelessness and related issues in government and sector-wide operations for the development and implementation of effective public policy.

“Greater investment in experimentation and evaluation would not only help the government meet its goal to end street homelessness in England, but ensure it does so sustainably and permanently.”

Read the blog here.

Rijeka, Croatia Conducts Street Homelessness Count

The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) joined city leaders and volunteers in Rijeka, Croatia to learn more about the state of local street homelessness. Rijeka is the fifth vanguard city to join the IGH A Place to Call Home Campaign. Sister Veronika Mila Popić, Director of Depaul Croatia and head of the Rijeka House of Refugees, and Dragica Marač, Head of the County Social Policy Department and Youth, lead the outreach initiative. Upon joining the campaign, Marač expressed the city’s goal to identify the number and location of people living without shelter by the end of 2018. The first steps toward providing emergency accommodation are already underway.

Read the article here. (This article’s original text is in Croatian)

Learn about Rijeka’s goal here.

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Homelessness in America: Focus on Families with Children

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The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a brief called Focus on Families with Children exploring data and information on: the scale of family homelessness; knowledge about the families with children who experience homelessness; knowledge about patterns of homelessness among families with children; knowledge about families’ risks for experiencing homelessness; and the most significant gaps in available data and current understanding of families with children who experience homelessness. This brief is apart of USICH’s Homelessness in America series, which aims to build upon a clear understanding of who is at risk of homelessness, who experiences homelessness, and differences within and between sub-populations of people who are at risk or are experiencing homelessness.

According to the brief, families with children represent one-third of all people experiencing homelessness on a given night in America. Overall, the number of family households experiencing homelessness at a point in time declined by 27% between 2010 and 2017. USICH suggests that further research and data is needed several areas including documentation of the patterns and trajectories of homelessness among families living in rural areas; the impact of race, gender, and other demographic factors on entries into and exits from homelessness and more.

Read the report on the IGH Hub.

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England Plans to End Rough Sleeping by 2027; Adelaide, Australia Launches Online Tool to Track Rough Sleeping; Hong Kong Looks at Local Street Homelessness; and More

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Homeless Link: Homelessness Law, Practice, and the Homelessness Reduction Act Course

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Homeless Link will be holding knowledge courses on homelessness legislation and practice in the United Kingdom (UK). The next available classes will be held in Newcastle, UK on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and in Manchester, UK on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 to help people working in the homelessness service sector develop an understanding of the updated Homelessness Reduction Act. Participants will learn about five key areas: eligibility for assistance, homelessness, priority need, intentionality and local connection. The aim is to help service providers best support clients to achieve their best housing outcome.

Register for the course in Newcastle here.

Register for the course in Manchester here.

Ending Rough Sleeping in England by 2027

The Communities Secretary of England, James Brokenshire, unveiled a new strategy to drive an end toward street homelessness throughout the country by the year 2027. The plan will offer targeted support, including assistance for mental health issues and substance abuse, to people sleeping rough. According to the Guardian, the Department for Communities and Local Government estimates that over 4,700 people were living without shelter in 2017. The government will take a three-pronged approach to the issue – prevention, intervention, and recovery.

“This strategy is about how we can support people, how we can direct, and yes, sometimes challenge, some of those who are living rough to get into those services that will help make a difference,” said Brokenshire.

Read the article here.

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Indianapolis, Indiana Community Plan to End Homelessness

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The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), the Indianapolis Continuum of Care, and their community partners collaborated to assemble a five-year, comprehensive plan to end homelessness by the year 2023. They define this as: ensuring that any individual or family in Indianapolis who experiences homelessness will spend no more than 30 days without a permanent, safe, affordable place to live. The plan supports strategies outlined in Opening Doors – the United States’ first national comprehensive plan – and was developed by local agencies, advocates, and people with lived experience of homelessness in Indianapolis. The plan introduces the city’s strategic priorities and their strategies to achieve them. Strategic Priority 3, for example, is to expand and enhance wraparound services to enhance housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness. They also map out strategies for addressing homelessness among specific populations – veterans; youth and young adults; families; and people who have experienced chronic homelessness. Indianapolis leaders are continuing to build on a shared approach to make homelessness in their city rare, short-lived, and recoverable.

Read the plan on the IGH Hub.

Where Do Hong Kong’s Rough Sleepers Go?

According to figures from Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department, approximately 1,127 people reported to be experiencing street homelessness in the region between 2017 and 2018. About half of those people said that their inability to afford housing costs led to their homelessness. Other reasons include unemployment, the need to be closer to work, fleeing family conflict, and more. While few businesses in Hong Kong stay open for 24 hours, about half of the 240 McDonald’s do, making it a place that people utilize for temporary shelter. There are several temporary shelters available however, they sometimes go underutilized because some people prefer not to abide by shelters’ rules and regulations.

“If the government continues to avoid tackling the fundamental causes – the rocketing housing prices and the shortage of community infrastructure in the face of population expansion – social service providers like us won’t be able to cover the constantly growing homeless group, no matter how hard we work and how willing we are to serve,” said a local social worker.

Read the article here.

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Adelaide, Australia Launches Online Tool to Track Rough Sleeping

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As part of the Don Dunstan Foundation’s (DDF) Adelaide Zero Project, Adelaide, Australia launched an online dashboard that tracks the number of people sleeping rough. The tool also keeps a record of how many people have been moved into secure housing. Executive Director of DDF, David Pearson, says that the effort can help bridge the gap in public awareness of the city’s street homelessness. The foundation’s goal is to maintain the dashboard as close to real time as possible. The Adelaide Zero Project has connected over 35 organizations, with the goal to make Adelaide the first Australian city to achieve functional zero homelessness in the inner-city by 2020. Adelaide is also the second city to join our A Place to Call Home Campaign, a global effort to support 150 cities to end street homelessness by 2030.

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Tshwane Holds Employment Expo for People Experiencing Homelessness

Tshwane, South Africa’s Metro Department of Community and Social Development held an expo to connect people experiencing homelessness with local organizations who can help them with employment. Deputy Director of Welfare Services, Tinyiko Maluleke, says that the city has revised their plan to address local homelessness. More than 150 people attended the event. Read more about Tshwane’s efforts to reduce homelessness as a vanguard city in the A Place to Call Home Campaign here.

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