The North East Homelessness Think Tank (NEHTT) is a new regional group, comprising academics, researchers and policy officers (from Centrepoint, Youth Homeless North East, Homeless Link, Shelter, Barnardo’s, Changing Lives, the Northern Housing Consortium, the Institute for Public Policy and Research North, and Northumbria University, as well as independent specialists).
NEHTT aims to inform and influence policies affecting homeless client groups through research, campaigning and other collaborative activities. The NEHTT uses the knowledge and resources of its members in the North East to influence policy locally, regionally and nationally.
NEHTT members have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of housing and homelessness. NEHTT harnesses these individual resources to provide a powerful resource to help raise the profile of homelessness issues in the North East and beyond.
Members of NEHTT are committed to working collaboratively as a group and with local authorities (local policy makers and commissioners), other parts of the public sector (health, criminal justice, and employment), the voluntary and community sector, and service users to address homelessness and associated issues in the North East.
NEHTT members have extensive networks, locally and nationally, with links to the Department for Communities and Local Government, civil servants and specialist advisors. These contacts will support access to political networks such as the Inter-Ministerial Group on Homelessness and the All Party Parliamentary Housing Group convened by the Northern Housing Consortium.
Youth Homeless North East is an independent, action driven community of young people, providers, policy makers and commissioners working in partnership to prevent, tackle and resolve youth homelessness through providing a voice for young people, influencing policy and strategy, promoting innovation and best practice and in bringing about change.
Homeless Link is a national charity supporting people and organisations working directly with homeless people in England. Homeless Link represents homelessness organisations among local and national government. As the national collaborative hub for information and debate on homelessness, it seeks to improve services for homeless people and to advocate policy change. Through this work, they aim to end homelessness in England.
Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It provides housing and support for over 1,200 16-25 year olds every year, helping them into work and a home of their own. It also gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. Centrepoint works directly in London and the North East of England, and collaborates with other organisations across the UK. Central to Centrepoint’s work are campaigns to influence national and local government policies affecting homeless young people, particularly in relation to housing and benefits, family and health, and education and skills with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.
Changing Lives is one of the North East’s most progressive homelessness charities. The Charity offers a holistic approach to tackling the needs of vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people; helping them make lasting changes in their lives. Working with clients in a holistic manner, Changing Lives provides services and support that are appropriate for each individual. This ranges from emergency intervention to training and employment, supporting over 1200 clients at any point in time.
Barnardo’s aim to transform the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families. They do this through service delivery, campaigning and research expertise.
They provide a range of holistic services including Crashpads and supported lodgings for young people in housing crisis. Support for families affected by domestic abuse, practical and emotional support for young parents; apprenticeships and training for 14 to 19 year olds and support, including emergency accommodation, to children and young people involved in or at risk of child sexual exploitation and going missing from home.
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. They do this by giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need, and by campaigning for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good.
Shelter provides free, confidential advice to people with all kinds of housing problems through online housing information and face-to-face local services. They tackle the root causes of bad housing by lobbying government and local authorities for new laws and policies, and more investment, to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people.
Influential campaigns bring aspects of bad housing to the attention of the media and the public and as a leading expert on housing in Britain, Shelter develop practical solutions to address the housing crisis also working in conjunction with the housing sector to promote good practice, publish reports and deliver professional training.
IPPR North is part of the Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK’s leading progressive think tank. They produce research and innovative policy ideas for a fair, democratic and sustainable world. IPPR North is IPPR’s dedicated think tank for the North of England, with offices in Newcastle and Manchester. They work across three broad themes: regional economics, localism and community policy.
Independent Specialist Researchers based in the North East have worked across the North and other regions providing research and consultancy for local authorities, housing providers (social and supported housing), health and criminal justice agencies and regional groups. In the North East recent work includes: an analysis of the scale and nature of need amongst homeless people focussing on hidden homelessness; identifying how housing outcomes for offenders can be improved; plans for addressing the housing needs of substance misusers; and the development of toolkits and support for local authorities embracing the principles of No Second Night Out and other strategies for tackling rough sleeping.
Academic researchers: a team of academics and researchers at Northumbria University have undertaken a number of applied research and evaluation projects in the area of homelessness and housing, for a range of clients and funders, including: Newcastle City Council, the Cyrenians, Crisis, VONNE, the Millfield House Foundation, the Webb Trust and the Northern Rock Foundation. Areas covered by the projects include: the factors linked to homeless 16-17 year olds living successfully in independent housing; the origins of poverty and exclusion among homeless people; the hidden lives and needs of sex workers in the North East; the impact of funding cuts on the capacity of the North East to meet the needs of homeless people; the value of housing-related support services for homeless people; and the relationship between low-income, shared housing and experiences of multiple disadvantage