"Homelessness is one of the most dramatic manifestations of inequality" (Pleace 2011)

"Planned reforms will bring to an end a century of government subsidies for council housing in England" (Wilcox & Pawson 2012)

International comparative analysis of housing systems and policies is a rich source of insight and ideas

"Over the 2000s worklessness amongst social tenants reduced" (Tunstall 2011)

"Neighbourhoods play a crucial role in promoting independence in later life" (Croucher & Bevan 2011)

Social housing carries the ability to protect and strengthen family units" (Rugg & Kellaher, 2014)

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The Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) is one of Europe's leading centres for interdisciplinary housing and social policy research, with interests on housing and social justice, housing and later life and the operation of housing markets.

CHP has a twenty-five year record of academically excellent and policy-relevant research. We were ranked joint first in the UK for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, as part of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Social Policy at York is ranked 4th in the UK and our department is ranked 25th in the World, in the QS World University Rankings.

Professor Roy Sainsbury, Acting Director

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Our researchers have internationally-recognised expertise across the full range of housing issues, and skills ranging from analysis of large scale data sets to interviewing vulnerable people.

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New study puts cost of temporary accomodation in London at £663m in 2015

Posted on Monday 14 November 2016

Julie Rugg featured on BBC Radio 4 programme - File on 4


Housing in the US
Is there a role for US style homeownership education in the UK?

Posted on Tuesday 25 October 2016

Alison Wallace investigates the US experience on her travel fellowship


Housing First Guide Europe
Housing First Guide Europe!

Posted on Tuesday 21 June 2016

Housing First is one of the most significant innovations in homelessness service design in recent decades


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  • Understand your service users
  • Demonstrate service outcomes and cost effectiveness
  • Nurture sustainable policy outcomes
  • Implement evidence-based assessments of policy impact
  • Design and commission effective evaluative research

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