Rethinking Empty Homes and Allocations in Social Housing

Wednesday 21 September 2022 (10:00-11:30)

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Join the Rethinking Homes Network and the Centre for Urban Wellbeing for a virtual discussion on what needs to change in how social landlords allocate empty properties to people who are experiencing trauma induced by homelessness and housing instability. The event will include short presentations from Professor Jessica Pykett and Hannah Absalom. Following will be two interactive workshops. The first will map what is currently not working in the allocation of empty homes by social landlords. The second session will capture your ideas for change. 

This important work is the first stage of a long-term project that seeks to prototype and pilot an entirely new empty homes and allocations process for social housing. A process that is informed by the experience of people trying to exit homelessness and by psychological insights attuned to the value of housing stability and trusting relationships between tenants and landlords in preventing repeat homelessness and healing the trauma caused by this.

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