REIMAGINING SOLUTIONS TO FAMILY HOMELESSNESS
Thank you to everyone who came to our conference on 6 July 2022 and made the day such a success.
You can read write-ups of all the sessions with video clips of the speakers, plus their slides and some further reading.
Please do keep in touch!
About the conference
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.
So how can we make the private rented sector work better for low-income families in London?
To answer this and other questions, we brought together high-level practitioners, policy influencers, researchers, academics, investors and decision-makers.
Our solutions-focused conference helped us imagine a different approach to address the challenges we face.
We have captured the debates and interactive feedback from the day with write-ups, video clips and links to speaker presentations.
- 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 we 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 was there
- Politicians with a housing and homelessness brief
- Senior council housing officers
- Landlords and agents
- Social housing providers
- Housing and regeneration professionals
- Homelessness service providers
- Affordable housing investors
- Researchers, campaigners and policy-makers.
Our expert speakers describe the family homelessness crisis in London and suggest possible solutions
Eddie Hughes Housing minister MP
Scene-setting: family homelessness crisis in London
Sue Coulson, Capital Letters
Housing complexity and systems thinking
Alex Marsh, University of Bristol
Ligia Teixeira, Centre for Homelessness Impact
Raising standards of permitted development housing schemes
Paul Hackett, Smith Institute
Ben Clifford, UCL Bartlett School of Planning
Stephanie Pollitt, London First
Eloise Shepherd, London Councils
Levelling up for London renters: quality standards and decarbonisation
Laurence Coaker, Brent Council
Tom Copley, Greater London Authority
Joanne Drew, Enfield Council
Sam Bruce, Centre for Social Justice
Call to action: We are the housing system so let’s change it!
Cllr Darren Rodwell, Deputy Chair, Housing and Planning, London Council
Are landlords part of the solution to the homelessness crisis?
Ben Beadle, National Residential Landlords Association
Matt Downie, Crisis
Kicking the temporary accommodation habit
Claire Harding, Centre for London
Abigail Davies, Savills
Deven Ghelani, Policy in Practice
If you are interested in following up any themes conference with Capital Letters, please get in touch