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Next Steps for Housing First

24 November 2020 | 10:00 - 14:30

Since the Housing First programme began in April 2019, over 300 tenancies have been set up for people with multiple and complex needs, with an 87% sustainment rate. 

Following the launch of the consultation on the new National Framework for Housing First in Scotland, and publication of the Scottish Government’s updated Ending Homelessness Together action plan, Holyrood’s 5th annual homelessness event will focus on how the Housing First programme will be scaled up over the next year - with keynote contributions from the Scottish Government and Homeless Network Scotland. 

Key Issues We'll Examine

  • Implementation of the programme so far and the consultation on the new National Framework for Housing First in Scotland, which launched last week
  • How Housing First is being incorporated in rapid rehousing transition plans
  • How we can continue to develop effective partnerships, including within the health and justice systems
  • The potential role of the private rented sector

Agenda with Times

10.00 Welcome from the Chair ,   Ewain Black, Glasgow Project Co-Ordinator, Social Bite   

Implementation, Progress and the New National Framework for Housing First   

 10.05 Kevin Wilkie, Homelessness Policy Manager, The Scottish Government   

  10.20 Claire Frew, Policy and Impact Manager, Homeless Network Scotland        

Lessons from the Hard Edges Report   

10.35 Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Director, Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities   Research (I-SPHERE) & Co-Author, Hard Edges Report    

 10.50 Q&A    

Scaling Up Housing First - Practicalities Part I  - Reviewing and Updating Rapid Rehousing Transition Plans     

 11.20 Councillor Bob Brawn, Convener, Housing and Communities Committee, Perth & Kinross Council    

The Role of the Private Rented Sector  

  11.35 Grant Campbell, Director, Crisis Scotland  

  11.50 Q&A   

12.05  Break for Lunch

Scaling Up Housing First - Practicalities Part II  - Housing First for Youth   

13.05 Kate Polson, Chief Executive Officer, Rock Trust 

Developing Effective Partnerships   

13.15 Liz Littler, Service Manager, Turning Point Scotland   

13.25 Bryan Smith, Operations Manager, Transform Community Development, Dundee    

13.35 Allan Jones, Housing Manager (Options and Homelessness), Aberdeenshire Council   

13.45 Q&A     

14:00  Closing Keynote from Dr Lígia Teixeira, Chief Executive, Centre for Homelessness Impact    – with Q&A   

14.25 - 14:30: Chair's Closing Remarks    - Ewain Black

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