New CIH president launches campaign to tackle homelessness

The new CIH president Jo Richardson's Homeful campaign will explore housing-led approaches to resolve and prevent homelessness.
The CIH's new president Jo Richardson.

The new president of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Jo Richardson, has announced the CIH’s presidential campaign for 2021-22 which will focus on tackling all forms of homelessness.

The Homeful campaign will look to build on the UK’s response to homelessness and rough sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic by exploring housing-led approaches to resolve and prevent homelessness.

The campaign will centre around a co-produced action research project which aims to collect data, analyse findings and share learning across all parts of the country.

The project, the largest such project in the UK, will involve people who have experienced homelessness, housing providers, homeless organsiations, partner agencies, charities and housing residents across the country.

Richardson said: “I’m excited to be taking up the CIH presidential mantle today from Aileen Evans who has run a brilliant campaign highlighting mental health and wellbeing during her time in office.

“I’ve been a member of CIH for over 25 years. It’s an organisation that I’ve worked for, worked with, and learnt from during my housing career. I’m honoured to be able to serve the CIH membership in the role of president and I’m looking forward to bringing the Homeful campaign to life.

“Homeful is all about exploring housing-led approaches to resolving and preventing homelessness, not only street homelessness but all circumstances of precarious, unaffordable or unsustainable housing, particularly in the current context of growth in use of temporary accommodation.”

Richardson is a professor of housing and social inclusion and also associate dean for research and innovation in De Montfort University’s business and law faculty.

The Homeful campaign will run throughout her presidency from July this year to December 2022, after she took over from Evans on 1 July.

To kickstart the Homeful campaign, the CIH has today launched an initial report exploring lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw local and national government, organisations and individuals support people experiencing homelessness through the Everyone In initiative.

Over the next 18 months, in addition to completing research for the Homeful campaign, Richardson will also fundraise for her chosen presidential charity, End Youth Homelessness.

Gavin Smart, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing said, “As housing professionals and organisations, we know that by collaborating across the sector we can do more to resolve and prevent homelessness throughout the UK.

“The Homeful campaign will be our opportunity to highlight good practice, share learning widely and embed some of the lessons we learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s our opportunity to work together to end homelessness for good.”

Nick Connolly, managing director of End Youth Homelessness, said, “End Youth Homelessness is all about practical impact; testing new ideas, sharing our learning, and scaling what works.

“Jo’s Homeful campaign chimes with this philosophy and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Jo and her team to help bring the specific needs of homeless young people into the wider debate about homeless services. We are also incredibly grateful that Jo has chosen to support End Youth Homelessness during her exciting fundraising plans.”

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