"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 Rugg review will provide much needed insight into private rented sector

Posted on Wednesday 29 March 2017

Thorough, independent review to deliver better information about this growing tenure


Women’s Homelessness in Europe

Posted on Friday 24 March 2017

The Women's Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN), co-directed by Joanne Bretherton at the Centre for Housing Policy in collaboration with Trinity College, Dublin, has just produced a major new analysis, Women's Homelessness in Europe.


CHP celebrates 10 years working with European Observatory on Homelessness

Posted on Friday 3 February 2017

The department's continued work with the FEANTSA has led to an international profile in the field of homelessness.


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