Homes for Cathy Annual Conference 2022 Agenda

9:00-9:30Registration, refreshments & networking
9:30-9:40Chair’s opening remarks – David Bogle, Chair, Homes for Cathy & CEO, Hightown
09:40-10:00Opening keynote speech – Matt Downie, CEO, Crisis
What is the current national picture on homelessness? What are the drivers behind the homelessness crisis? What works to end homelessness? What role do housing associations have to play?
10:00-10:15Keynote speech – Kate Henderson, CEO, National Housing Federation
10:15-10:55Interactive Seminar One – Allocations and statutory homeless obligations
Chaired by Kate Henderson, CEO, National Housing Federation
What can we do to encourage closer working relationships between housing associations and councils to give people experiencing homelessness better access to housing association properties?  What does a successful partnership between a housing association and local authority look like and how do we get there? How can housing associations be more flexible in their allocations and remove barriers to lettings for homeless households?
10:55-11:20Refreshment break / networking
11:20-11:40Keynote speech – Lord Bob Kerslake
Learnings from the Kerslake Commission on Rough Sleeping and what needs to happen next?  What can housing associations do better to tackle rough sleeping?
11:40-12:20Interactive Seminar Two – Working in partnership to meet the needs of all homeless people in the community
Chaired by Martin Hilditch, Editor, Inside Housing
Formal homelessness partnerships have proved to be a game changer in co-ordinating a broad range of housing and support solutions across wider regions to meet the needs of all homeless people in the community.  How are these working in practice, both for large city authorities and at county level, and what can we learn from them?
12:20-13:15Lunch
13:15-13:30Lived experience interview – Facing homelessness with no recourse to public funds
13:30-14:10Interactive Seminar Three – Partnership working to tackle migrant homelessness
Chaired by Lara Oyedele, Vice President, Chartered Institute of Housing
What is the current picture of migrant homelessness in the UK? What are the biggest barriers non-UK nationals face to moving away from homelessness? What are the fundamentals of a good partnership to tackle migrant homelessness? Why does accommodation matter?  What part can housing associations play to tackle the issue?
14:10-14:30Keynote Speech – Professor Jo Richardson, President, Chartered Institute of Housing
Findings of the Homeful action research project exploring housing-led approaches to resolve and prevent all forms of homelessness
14:30-14:55Refreshment break / networking
14:55-15:35Interactive Seminar Four – New approaches in supported housing: What works to help people move on from homelessness?
Chaired by John Glenton, Executive Director of Care & Support, Riverside
What type of support can make a difference to people moving on with their lives? 
15:35-15:55Keynote speech – City Mayor to be announced
15:55-16:35Interactive Seminar Five – Innovations in tenancy sustainment
Chaired by Tracey Lees, CEO, Wandle & Homes for Cathy board member
What are the biggest challenges to tenancy sustainment and how can housing associations overcome them?  How can we prevent evictions?  What can be done to reduce the stigma around tenants seeking financial support?  Does digitalisation have a role to play? How can we balance digitalisation with a more person-centred strengths-based approach to tenancy sustainment?
16:35-16:55Closing plenary – speaker to be announced
16:55-17:00Chair’s closing remarks – David Bogle