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The A-Z of homelessness resources
Homelessness does not happen in isolation; those experiencing it often face challenges in many other aspects of life. Homeless Link’s Innovation and Good Practice (IGP) Teamwork with our members to constantly develop new approaches to supporting vulnerable people.
We are committed to listening, advising, and supporting services across England to respond to the many different challenges of tackling housing vulnerability. Part of our mission is to look for and share the good practice from our members on the frontline, as well as seeking expertise from partners in other sectors.
Patrick Duce, our IGP Project Manager, outlines the A-Z of homelessness and where you can find the necessary tools and resources from Homeless Link.
A is for autism and how to overcome challenges in addressing the housing needs of people suffering from autism.
B: is for brain injury and homelessness, and how you can recognise the links between the two.
C: is for couples and how accommodation services can work positively to support people in relationships who are experiencing homelessness
D: is for day centres and the crucial role they play by tackling rough sleeping, supporting move on, preventing tenancy breakdown and promoting employment, education and social networks.
E: is for evictions and abandonment. A guide for enabling managers of supported accommodation projects to reduce exclusions.
F: is for Future Focus - a framework to shape the funding of sustainable supported housing services.
G: is for the government consultation on the funding of supported housing and our webinar exploring the issues and potential impact on our members.
H: is for Housing First and all our resources to enable service providers, commissioners, local authorities, housing associations and private landlords to design and deliver this support.
I: is for impact and understanding how to capture, measure and communicate the difference your service makes.
J: is for Jobs and a podcast in where we look at how organisations, support workers, and clients might be less risk averse and also build constructive relationships with employers.
K: is for knowledge, facts and figures, to help you quantify homelessness and also dig beneath the numbers to understand the wider factors.
L: is for LGBTQ+ - a briefing on working with homeless clients who associate with LGBTQ+.
M: is for migrant destitution and the tools you need to develop better outcomes for people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
N: is for naloxone - a framework for preventing overdoes in homelessness services.
O: is for the Outcomes star model and lessons learned since it was first developed, 10 years ago.
P: is for Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) - a practical framework to support people through trauma.
Q: is for a question of sport - showcasing how sports activities are building self-esteem, well-being and good health in day centres.
R: is for refugees - guidance for you to help you anticipate potential issues and support clients both before and after receiving refugee status.
S: is for Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP) and our guidance and case studies for developing suitable responses during the winter periods of severe weather.
T: is for Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). Practical, accessible guidance for frontline teams to use trauma and psychologically-informed approaches and improve services for vulnerable people
U: is for the USA and discovering good practice from across the pond.
V: is for vulnerable adults and setting out clear policies and procedures when raising a safeguarding alert.
W: is for work and how the lives of people who are homeless can be changed through the design and delivery of more targeted employment support.
X: marks the spot! Homeless England is an online directory and map of services across England for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. You can use it to search for services that can help in your area.
Y: is for Your Vote Matters, and the resources you need to develop greater democratic engagement among your clients.
Z: is for, well, many things but we think you should have enough to go on for now!
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Innovation and good practice project manager
Patrick is an Innovation and Good Practice Project Manager, working on a range of innovation projects across the homelessness sector. Previously coordinated the Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution (SAMD) project on behalf of Homeless Link.