Publications and presentations
CHP has been delivering excellence in policy-focused homelessness research since 1990. Our research has been at the forefront of exploring the different dimensions of homelessness, including extensive work on young homeless people, homeless people with high support needs, homelessness among offenders, rural homelessness, homelessness among veterans and more recently has established expertise in women's homelessness.
The Centre has pioneered research on improving social integration among homeless people. We have conducted research on social enterprises and Time Banking for homeless people and a large-scale longitudinal evaluation of the Crisis Skylight programme, which is designed to use arts-based activity, education, training and one-to-one support to enhance the life chances and well-being of homeless people.
Our evaluation and discussion of Housing First has helped shape the debates about Housing First in both the UK and across Europe. CHP has played a leading role in development of the Housing First Guide Europe.
CHP research was at the centre of the development of the local lettings agency model in the UK, facilitating sustainable access to the private rented sector for homeless people.
Our current work includes pioneering attempts to properly understand the economic costs of homelessness to society. We are also exploring the potential cost benefits of effective preventative services and the capacity of innovations such as Housing First to deliver real financial savings, alongside better outcomes for homeless people. Our research has also looked at the financial costs of temporary accommodation for homeless people in London.
At European level, Joanne Bretherton co-directs the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN) and Nicholas Pleace works for one day a week for the European Observatory on Homelessness, which operates under the auspices of FEANTSA (the European Federation of Homelessness organisations). Nicholas is also on the editorial committee for the European Journal of Homelessness.
Housing First in England: Fidelity Assessment (2016) Project lead Deborah Quilgars and Nicholas Pleace will be working with the Homeless Link Housing First England programme to help develop guidance on using Housing First services for homeless people with high support needs - Housing First England. Building a clear fidelity assessment for Housing First in England is essential if the idea of Housing First is to develop and to thrive. The role that Homeless Link is taking in promoting fidelity to the principles of Housing First will be central to the success of Housing First in England.