Work in progress

Homeownership

  • Homeowners and poverty - funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (January - December 2016). The study seeks to examine pathways into and flows through home-ownership and poverty, and will consider the impact of current trends on future assessments of the relationship. For example:
    • do poor working age home owners represent an overhang from the period of liberal mortgage lending prior to the financial crisis, or a function of the interaction between UK labour markets, welfare and housing markets?
    • what difference might recent policy announcements that support access to homeownership make to the risk or experience of poverty among homeowners?

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Private rented housing

Please visit the Publications part of our website for past publications relating to the Private rented sector

Social rented housing

  • Real London Lives - Longitudinal study into the impact of welfare reform and economic change
    The g15, a group of London’s largest housing associations, has commissioned CHP to conduct research into the key current challenges facing affordable housing residents The g15 group accommodates about 1 in ten people in London. The study will follow the lives of housing association residents across London providing an insight into their hopes and aspirations, and will carry out more than 1,500 quantitative interviews as well as 60 in-depth qualitative interviews. The longitudinal study will explore the impact of welfare reform and the current difficult economic climate on affordable housing residents in London. As well as identifying the specific challenges they face, it will also highlight the role these ordinary Londoners play in their local communities. Visit the Real London Lives website
  • Derwenthorpe: Evaluating pro-environmental behaviour change at Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s new 500-home development Deborah Quilgars and Alison Wallace of CHP with Sarah West and Alison Dyke of the Stockholm Environment Institute, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Completed 2018.

    Summary: Making a sustainable community in Derwenthorpe - summary (PDF , 133kb)Making a sustainable community in Derwenthorpe - summary (PDF , 133kb)

    Full report: Making a sustainable community life in Derwenthorpe (PDF , 1,663kb)

Homelessness

  • Evaluation of Inspiring Change Manchester (ICM) - Housing First pilot - This two year evaluation (2016-18) will test the effectiveness of Housing First from the perspective of the people using the ICM pilot project. All service users have multiple support needs, and the project is attempting to support and enhance their capacity to live independently in their own home.
  • 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.

  • Housing First in England: An Evaluation of Nine Services (2015) Research by Joanne Bretherton and Nicholas Pleace at the University of York has highlighted the potential effectiveness of the Housing First approach in reducing homelessness in England. This observational study of Housing First services showed high levels of success in reducing long-­‐‑term and repeated homelessness, which is associated with very high support needs. The successes of these English Housing First services reflect the results of positive evaluations of Housing First in North America and Europe. This highly influential piece of policy research followed CHP's 2013 report on Camden Housing First, exploring a pioneering use of Housing First in London. CHP has also undertaken evidence reviews on Housing First for the French Government (DIHAL) examined the use of Housing First in the Finnish homelessness strategy and undertaken work on Housing First for OECD and FEANTSA. Joanne Bretherton and Nicholas Pleace have written and presented widely on the use of Housing First in the UK and at European level (Joanne Bretherton and Nicholas Pleace). 
  • Housing and support services for single veterans - Stoll, Riverside, Forces in Mind (2013 - 2016)
  • Crisis: Skylight: Evaluation of the National Skylight Programme (2013 -) A major longitudinal programme evaluation co-directed by Joanne Bretherton and Nicholas Pleace for Crisis focusing on an innovative, flexible provision of education, training, one-to-one support, help with well-being and help with housing for single homeless people. The evaluation covers three building-based Skylight services in London, Newcastle and Oxford and three outreach-based services in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Merseyside. Recent reports include Joanne Bretherton and Nicholas Pleace (2016) "Crisis Skylight: Journeys to Progression: Second Interim Report of the University of York Evaluation" which focuses entirely on the initial results from large-scale qualitative cohort study which is one part of the mixed-method Crisis Skylight programme evaluation. The cohort study looks at the ways in which Skylight could bring positive changes in single homeless people’s lives, also exploring the barriers that some single homeless people could face in progression. towards social integration.  There are also a series of eight evaluative reports on the performance of individual Skylights (2013-2016) (Joanne Bretherton and Nicholas Pleace).
  • At What Cost? An estimation of the financial costs of single homelessness in the UK (2015) Homelessness has a human cost. The unique distress of lacking a settled home can cause or intensify social isolation, create barriers to education, training and paid work and undermine mental and physical health. When single homelessness becomes prolonged, or is repeatedly experienced, there are often very marked deteriorations in health and well-being. There is a need for better understanding of the costs of single homelessness in the UK and Crisis is working to develop further work in this field. This report, using qualitative and service cost data drawn from recent research, presents estimates that provide an overview of the additional financial costs of single homelessness can cause for the public sector. (Nicholas Pleace).
  • The Finnish Homelessness Strategy: An International Review (2015) This report describes the results of an international review of the Finnish National Homelessness Strategy. The review involved academic specialists in the field of homelessness from Finland, Sweden, the UK and the USA. The review explores the effectiveness of the Finnish attempt to deliver an integrated policy response to homelessness at national level. The review explores the ways in which preventative services, housing focused social work, supported housing and specialist support for groups such as homeless young people have been brought together within a strategic plan. Specific consideration is given to the role of Housing First, covering the debates around the widespread use of a ‘communal’ model, centred on relatively large, self-contained apartment blocks, in which only Housing First service users live. The achievements of Finland in developing a coordinated, comprehensive and holistic response to homelessness are discussed. The report argues that, while some aspects of homelessness have yet to be addressed, the Finnish example shows what a truly integrated national homelessness strategy can potentially achieve. A coordinated policy response has delivered both substantial and sustained reductions in long-term homelessness and significant progress in homelessness prevention (Nicholas Pleace)
  • Local Connection Rules and Access to Homelessness Services in Europe (2015) Many welfare and social housing systems are organised at municipal or regional level in Europe. Accessing these systems can often require proof of a local connection, of sustained residence in a particular area, which homeless European citizens, living in their countries of origin, cannot always provide. Reviewing local connection rules, this report finds examples of good and bad practice across 14 member states. There are systems designed to ensure homeless people can get the assistance they need and there is serious inequity, with homeless people being denied assistance, simply because they cannot show particular forms of local connection. This comparative report is the fifth in a series produced by the European Observatory on Homelessness (EOH) exploring pan-European issues through a questionnaire-based approach using a group of national experts (Nicholas Pleace).
  • Crisis: Outcomes evaluation for Crisis PRS access schemes Researchers: Julie Rugg with Nicholas Pleace. Ends in 2014.
  • Peer Landlord Model Evaluation Anwen Jones and Julie Rugg with Mike Stein (SPRU) are undertaking a longitudinal evaluation of an innovative approach to resettlement and homelessness prevention. The Peer Landlord Model has been developed by Commonweal Housing and will be piloted by Thames Reach and Catch 22. The research began in February 2012 and will be completed in the summer of 2014.
  • An evaluation of the Broadway Skills Exchange Time Bank (2014) Time  Banking  is  a  community-led  innovation  that  uses  time  as  currency.  An hour of time provided to a Time Bank ‘earns’ a one-hour time credit that ‘buys’ an hour of another Time Bank participant’s time, or may also be used to ‘buy’ other services. Broadway’s Skills Exchange Time Bank for homeless people was the   first   experiment   in   using   Time   Banking   to   enhance   the   well-being, employability and life chances of homeless people. (Joanne Bretherton)
  • Extent and Profile of Homelessness in European Member States: A statistical update (2014) Good quality statistical data are fundamental if effective strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness are to be developed. Small scale qualitative and cross-sectional survey research suggests that homelessness exists in multiple forms, but large scale, robust and longitudinal data are needed to fully explore these patterns. This report critically assesses the statistical data on homelessness in 15 member states. The report argues that there are encouraging signs, with improvements in data in Southern and Eastern Europe in recent years, but that there are important concerns about the comprehensiveness, robustness and comparability of statistical data on homeless people. This comparative report is the fourth in a series produced by the European Observatory on Homelessness (EOH) which explores pan-European issues through a questionnaire-based approach employing a group of national experts (Nicholas Pleace).
  • The use of medical evidence in homelessness decision-making (2013)   Unusually  in  the  international  context,  in  England  the  landmark Housing  (Homeless  Persons)  Act  1977 provided  a  set  of  justiciable  rights  to homeless people. Local authorities have a duty to assist homeless people who  meet a set of eligibility criteria set out in the Act. One of the criteria, ‘vulnerability’,  often  requires  consideration  of  medical  evidence.  Homelessness officers are the key actors in deciding whether or not an applicant is ‘vulnerable’. Previous research has often contended that there is both bias against some  high  need  groups  and  inconsistency  in  the  decisions  made  by  local  authorities  in  relation  to  vulnerability  under  English  homelessness  law.  This research builds on those critiques by examining decision-making in relation to the use of medical evidence in homelessness cases in England. It explores how homelessness  officers  assess  the  ‘expert’  medical  evidence  that  is  put  to them,  how  far  they  rely  on  their  own  intuition  and  judgement,  and  the  other factors that influence their ultimate decision. The study was able to investigate the  intersection  between  law,  administration,  and  medicine  and  add to the evidence base in the operation of English homelessness legislation (Joanne Bretherton).

Housing in later life

  • Co-motion - Mobility and well-being 
    CHP has won £1.2m funding from the EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC for a three year ‘Design for Wellbeing’ project investigating the links between mobility and wellbeing amongst older people. The ‘Co-Motion Consortium’, led by Rebecca Tunstall, involves CHP, York’s Departments of Computer Science and Health Sciences and Stockholm Environment Institute, and the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds; the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle; and the Department of Psychology, Northumbria University. 

    Over three years, the work will include a longitudinal study of older people in York, Hexham and Leeds who have experienced transitions affecting mobility and wellbeing such as losing their driving license, losing sight, becoming a carer, or starting to use a mobility scooter. This will lead into intensive co-design workshops with older people, covering experimental crowd sourcing and participatory GIS on mobility barriers, deliberative approaches to conflicts between diverse needs, mobility apps for iPhones, mobility scooter design adaptations, and a typology of neighbourhoods according to mobility characteristics and suitability for interventions. There will also be work with national and local stakeholders.
  • Developing best practice in social care and support for adults with sight loss and dementia within different housing settings.
    Karen Croucher and Mark Bevan with colleagues for National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research, Read the research summary here

Housing and young people

  • Managing the Journey of Younger Members' Programme Skylight Oxford
    For Crisis, . Researchers: Nicholas Pleace and Anwen Jones; project ends June 2015.

Housing, health and support

A project led by Deborah Quilgars, 2013-2016, funded by Forces in Mind

  • Evaluation of the York and District CAB/ York Travellers Trust partnership outreach service for the Gypsy and Traveller community in York.

A project led by Deborah Quilgars,  2013-2015, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

CHP has won £1.2m funding from the EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC for a three year ‘Design for Wellbeing’ project investigating the links between mobility and wellbeing amongst older people. The ‘Co-Motion Consortium’, led by Rebecca Tunstall, involves CHP, York’s Departments of Computer Science and Health Sciences and Stockholm Environment Institute, and the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds; the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle; and the Department of Psychology, Northumbria University.

Over three years, the work will include a longitudinal study of older people in York, Hexham and Leeds who have experienced transitions affecting mobility and wellbeing such as losing their driving license, losing sight, becoming a carer, or starting to use a mobility scooter. This will lead into intensive co-design workshops with older people, covering experimental crowd sourcing and participatory GIS on mobility barriers, deliberative approaches to conflicts between diverse needs, mobility apps for iPhones, mobility scooter design adaptations, and a typology of neighbourhoods according to mobility characteristics and suitability for interventions. There will also be work with national and local stakeholders.

Housing finance and welfare benefits

  • Real London Lives - Longitudinal study into the impact of welfare reform and economic change
    The g15, a group of London’s largest housing associations, has commissioned CHP to conduct research into the key current challenges facing affordable housing residents The g15 group accommodates about 1 in ten people in London.
    The study will follow the lives of housing association residents across London providing an insight into their hopes and aspirations, and will carry out more than 1,500 quantitative interviews as well as 60 in-depth qualitative interviews. The longitudinal study will explore the impact of welfare reform and the current difficult economic climate on affordable housing residents in London. As well as identifying the specific challenges they face, it will also highlight the role these ordinary Londoners play in their local communities.

 

  • Social Policy in a Cold Climate Looking at the period 2007 to 2014, this AHRC-funded project will provide an assessment the ongoing cuts and reforms, with a particular focus on their impacts on distribution, poverty, inequality and spatial differences. See more information

Housing, crime and offenders

Neighbourhoods

  • Evaluation of the York and District CAB/ York Travellers Trust partnership outreach service for the Gypsy and Traveller community in York.

The project involves a project worker being employed by York and District CAB for two days a week. This worker will work in partnership with York Travellers Trust including providing a weekly drop-in service at the YTT, information sessions, group training sessions and occasional sessions at Gypsy and Traveller sites and/or other relevant events. The worker, and the CAB service more generally, will also collect information on key social policy issues affected the community and encourage take up of mainstream CAB and other services. The research aims to evaluate the extent to which the project meets its overall aims and its key targets over the three year period.

A project led by Deborah Quilgars,  2013-2015, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • Gypsy and Travellers' Sites and Energy Bills

The research, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and in association with the York Citizen’s Advice Bureau, is to investigate the reasons for high fuel costs on travellers sites and potential solutions.

A project led by Deborah Quilgars,  February - October 2016, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • Life in the 'Alpha Territory'. London's 'Super-Rich' Neighbourhoods

University of York in partnership with the University of London. Contributors to the research are Dr. Rowland Atkinson, Professor Roger Burrows, Professor Caroline Knowles, Professor Tim Butler, Professor Mike Savage, Professor Richard Webber, Dr. Luna Glucksberg and David Rhodes

The research runs for two years from February 2013, and is funded by the ESRC. The research aims to undertake a ground-breaking study of the neighbourhood contexts of the lives of the very affluent. It will test a range of conceptual claims that have been made about class 'spatalization', 'spatial retreat', and the 'segregation' and 'insulation/fortification' of the wealthy, that have hitherto not be studied with empirical rigour.

See article in The Observer Sunday 23 January 2016  ‘Ushers and butlers’ … how fawning politicians welcomed world’s rich'

  • Derwenthorpe: Evaluating pro-environmental behaviour change at Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s new 500-home development

Deborah Quilgars, Becky Tunstall of CHP with Sarah West and Alison Dyke of the Stockholm Environment Institute, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Interim results due 2013, completing 2015

CHP has won £1.2m funding from the EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC for a three year ‘Design for Wellbeing’ project investigating the links between mobility and wellbeing amongst older people. The ‘Co-Motion Consortium’, led by Rebecca Tunstall, involves CHP, York’s Departments of Computer Science and Health Sciences and Stockholm Environment Institute, and the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds; the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle; and the Department of Psychology, Northumbria University.

Over three years, the work will include a longitudinal study of older people in York, Hexham and Leeds who have experienced transitions affecting mobility and wellbeing such as losing their driving license, losing sight, becoming a carer, or starting to use a mobility scooter. This will lead into intensive co-design workshops with older people, covering experimental crowd sourcing and participatory GIS on mobility barriers, deliberative approaches to conflicts between diverse needs, mobility apps for iPhones, mobility scooter design adaptations, and a typology of neighbourhoods according to mobility characteristics and suitability for interventions. There will also be work with national and local stakeholders.

Rural housing and mobile homes

No projects at the moment but please visit the Publications part of our website for past publications relating to Rural housing and mobile homes

International housing

  • Housing and social inclusion: Is there a connection?
    Nicholas Pleace is working with the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research during 2012-2013 on research drawing on the 2008 Study of family homelessness conducted by CHP. The work will explore the mechanisms generating situations of housing exclusion and homelessness in Norway and contrast Norwegian experience with that of the UK.

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