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COVID-19 and Homelessness: national policy at the local level

Date & Time of Event: 
25 September, 2020 - 09:30 to 11:00

This is an interactive webinar on the impact on, and support for, people experiencing homelessness during and after COVID-19, and make recommendations for immediate and post-crisis support.

The impact of COVID-19 and associated lock-down was expected to be particularly severe for people experiencing homelessness. The UK Government’s Everyone In initiative his demanded that local authorities across the country move all people sleeping rough or living in shared hostels into emergency accommodation to allow social distancing and self-isolation. After a decade of increasing rough sleeping in England, Everyone In cut rough sleeping by an estimated 90%. But what next?

The team at the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD), Staffordshire University, are working with Expert Citizens, VOICES of Stoke-on-Trent and Public Health England (funded by the Big Lottery) to understand the experiences, challenges and needs of people experiencing homelessness and those working to support them. The first phase of this work involved interviews with a range of individuals representing different organisations/places and taking into account the current unprecedented context. Their focus has been on the local response in Stoke-on-Trent, in the context of the wider regional and national policy. During lock-down, interviews with key stakeholders (local, regional, national) to explore the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness and those who support them, and how national policy manifests locally.

During this workshop, they will present preliminary findings and invite discussion and feedback to co-produce recommendations for practice and policy regarding to improve the current and future response for people experiencing homelessness and those working to support them.

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