Like many people without a roof over their head, public services for homeless people, their families and their health needs often have no fixed abode in local public service provision. But change is set to be driven by new government legislation on Homelessness Reduction Act.
Health Services recognise a growing problem. More and more people are presenting at A&E as the first point of contact point, often with complex needs. Not just rough sleepers on the streets but the increasing number of families, children and people in temporary or transient accommodation, not registered with GP’s, not in contact with community services, not knowing where else to go – because they have no fixed abode.
How do you deal with them in your trust and local service? We plan to promote examples from public services, charities, companies and academics: what you are doing and learning, no matter how small or specialised.
We record and spread that best practice through management box sets and online learning which can be made available to all your staff and partners.
In March next year at Homeless & Inclusion Health 2018, in London, across two days of studio time, 5 conference stages and seminar studios we will record, host, share, stream and report the best initiatives, schemes, research and action from local government, housing organisations, health services, charities and research organisations.
Families from the Grenfell tower fire, even with the support systems available to them, will be discovering not only how hard it is to get a roof over their head but how difficult it becomes to access consistent health and social care support if you have no fixed abode. And worse if you have complex health needs, mental health, addictions or long term conditions.
For huge numbers of these people on the precarious edge of homelessness, health issues and homelessness are entwined and hard to break apart.
Unemployment, childcare or dependent duties all makes housing hard to hold onto. Health problems affect employment, mental health, addiction or long term conditions make jobs hard to hold down.
The Homelessness Reduction Act recognised this with its new obligation to anticipate the risk of homelessness and take action. But how will this be managed by:
- Health services who know they are due to discharge someone with housing needs
- Housing authorities trying to match accommodation to complex need
- Charities asked for help by individuals and families
- Immigration and employment services where accommodation often goes with the job
- Street services and voluntary organisations working for those without a roof over their head
The Homeless and Inclusion Health International Symposium is the established annual two day gathering and exchange of ideas, innovations and service solutions on homelessness and health service effectiveness. Hosted by the charity Pathway and the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health this is in its 6th year.
The project has already built a powerful of library of health, housing and local government case studies, research and solutions. Pathway is working with health trusts, housing, local government and charities to improve the management of these vulnerable people and the interactions of homelessness and health.
We are seeking broadcast and stage sponsors for the 2018 symposiums and themed stages and seminars at this high profile housing and health services event.
If you have projects you wish to promote and reach across management and public audiences this could be the channel for you.
For more information and to apply to take part contact David Amos:
Phone: 020 7324 4330