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Housing with Care Grey Paper
This paper, which features essays and policy recommendations from 14 high-profile authors including politicians from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP, says “the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the urgent need to provide better support for older and more vulnerable people”, and that “we have a duty to transform our housing and care provision so that it provides security, dignity, health and flourishment in later life”.
Fast Growth Cities — 2021 and beyond
This new research looks at the cities’ development within the context of the pandemic and outlines how an increase in investment can unlock their further growth and future success. The report focuses on six key areas: labour markets, skills and education; business and growth; high streets and city centres; housing and planning; transport; and the economic impact of the pandemic.
Investigation into the housing of rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic
This investigation is part of a programme of work undertaking by the NAO to support Parliament’s scrutiny of the government’s response to COVID-19. In this report the NAO sets out the steps taken by the Government in rehousing rough sleepers in England during the pandemic, focusing particularly on the steps taken at the outset of the pandemic.
Resilience in the housing system
This is an interim report outlining the preliminary evidence of a project that seeks to examine the evolution of the housing system between the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the COVID-19 pandemic, and its early impacts. The project seeks to establish whether key market institutions were more resilient going into the COVID-19 pandemic than into the GFC
Housing First: tackling homelessness for those with complex needs
Housing First (HF) is a homelessness intervention strategy, aimed at people with multiple and complex needs, particularly rough sleepers. It provides access to permanent housing as a starting point to help tackle their non-housing needs as well. HF is often contrasted with “linear”, “stairway” and “treatment first” schemes, which proponents argue can result in high rates of attrition and a lack of appropriate service support due to the need for users to meet certain requirements before moving into stable independent housing.