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You are warmly invited to a solution-focused conference on homelessness and the private rented sector in London. We are delighted that homelessness minister, Eddie Hughes MP, will be our keynote speaker. 

Wednesday 6 July, 9-5pm
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP


About the conference

  • Are you worried about the growing homelessness crisis?
  • Do you think the private rented sector should work better for families on low incomes?
  • Are you a landlord, agent or investor interested in offering homes to families referred by local authorities?

If so, we need to be working together.

At Capital Letters, we believe housing is best understood as a complex system. Homeless families are caught in the rapidly changing property market and the unwieldy benefits systems. 

As the demand for private rented properties hots up after Covid and the cost of living rises sharply, housing affordability is the major challenge for councils. So how can we make the private rented sector work better for low-income families in London?

To answer this and other questions, we are bringing together high-level practitioners, policy influencers, researchers, academics, investors and decision-makers. They will challenge received thinking and explore innovative solutions to the issues.

Working as we always have will not deliver the change we need. Our solutions-focused conference will help us imagine a  different approach to address the challenges we face.  

Sessions include

  • Applying systems thinking to housing and homelessness
  • Can councils kick the temporary accommodation habit?
  • Are permitted development conversions a solution to housing shortages, and how do we maintain standards?
  • As the cost of living rises, how do manage family affordability and the benefits trap
  • Make sure levelling up for London means higher quality and low carbon private rented housing 
  • Why private landlords are part of the solution to homelessness

Who should attend

  • Politicians with a housing and homelessness brief
  • Senior council offers responsible for housing, temporary accommodation and homelessness
  • Tenant advocates and support providers
  • Landlords and agents
  • Social housing providers
  • Housing and regeneration professionals
  • Homelessness service providers
  • Affordable housing investors
  • Researchers, campaigners and policy-makers.

Speakers include

Eddie hughes

Eddie Hughes MP

Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing

Sue Coulson

Sue Coulson

Chief executive, Capital letters

Joanne Drew

Joanne Drew

Director of housing and regeneration, Enfield Council

Alex Marsh

Alex Marsh

Professor of public policy, University of Bristol

Ben Beadle

Ben Beadle

Chief Executive, National Residential Landlords Association


Ligia Teixeira

Chief Executive, Centre for Homelessness Impact


Matt Downie

Chief Executive, Crisis


Modester Anucha

Corporate director – housing strategy & option, Waltham Forest Council

Ben Clifford

Associate Professor in Spatial Planning, UCL Bartlett School of Planning


Deven Ghelani

Director, Policy in Practice

Laurence Coaker

Head of Housing Needs, Brent Council and Acting Chair of Capital Letters

Sam Bruce

Sam Bruce

Head of Housing and Communities, Centre for Social Justice

Claire Harding

Research Director, Centre for London

Tom Copley

Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development, Greater London Authority

Darren Rodwell

Darren Rodwell

Deputy Chair, Housing and Planning, London Councils; Leader, Barking and Dagenham Council


Abigail Davies

Director of Housing Consultancy, Savills

You can register for this free conference or pass on to a colleague in your network who might be interested in attending.