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FileThe Prevalence of Rough Sleeping and Sofa Surfing Amongst Young People in the UK
This article was published in Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183–2803) 2016, Volume 4, Issue 4. It presents findings from an online survey of young people which found that rates of sofa surfing and rough sleeping among young people were much higher than previously thought. Twenty-six percent of young people (aged 16–25) had slept rough at some point in their life and 35 percent had ‘sofa surfed’ (stayed with friends or family on their floor or sofa because they had nowhere else to go).
Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association have commissioned CCHPR to undertake a study into viable housing models for single people only entitled to the housing benefit shared accommodation rate.
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
This project was awarded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and supported by Shelter, in order to understand the causes of landlord evictions and of forced moves, where tenants feel compelled to move home for reasons such as affordability, security or to move away from particular locations. The final report was published in July 2017.
Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK
Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR to calculate up to date estimates of the number of young people experiencing homelessness in the UK during a year.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The Oak Foundation commissioned research into private rented sector access schemes that focuses on good practice as demonstrated through Oak funded projects. The research also looked more broadly at other successful practices and models. The intention was to share good practice from Oak funded schemes and others; to provide practical advice to existing schemes in order to respond to recent welfare policy changes; and demonstrate the potential for private renting schemes to meet specific housing needs.
Mapping the number of extra housing units needed for young people
Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR to carry out some work looking at the requirement for emergency homeless accommodation, supporting housing units, social housing and private rented housing with the use of Housing Benefit across England with a specific focus on the requirements for those aged 16-25.
Forty years of working with the homeless in Cambridge: Cambridge Cyrenians 1970-2010
A book on the 40 year history of Cambridge Cyrenians was published in 2010. The book traces the history of the Cyrenians’ work with the homeless in Cambridge from their origins in the late 1960s to the current day.
Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers
This project evaluated the implementation, operation and success of the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programmes. These aimed to develop innovative approaches to delivering housing services, extending to wider client groups and linking housing advice to wider advice about a range of issues. This work was lead by CCHPR, with involvement from Birmingham University (Centre for Urban and Regional Analysis) and Shared Intelligence.
Domestic violence - assistance for adults without dependant children
Communities and Local Government commissioned Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to carry out research on housing support for people at risk of domestic violence.
Valuing success: A case study of Emmaus Village Carlton
CCHPR updated the evaluation methodology and evidence on the success of the Emmaus approach, this time using Emmaus Village Carlton as a case study. The project’s aim was to determine the cost effectiveness of the Emmaus Village Carlton Community including the economic value of their outputs and outcomes to their participants, the local communities within which they operate and to society and the economy at large.
Preventing homelessness: Efficiencies in lettings functions in LA and RSL stock
This project was commissioned by the Tenant Services Authority as one of a group of projects developing key themes of the Corporation’s ‘Tackling Homelessness Strategy’, published in December 2006. The project was intended to inform one of the key areas that underpin the Corporation’s approach to preventing and tackling homelessness, by analysing and promoting existing good practice among social landlords in their lettings functions at regional, sub-regional and local levels. It focused on the use made by local authorities of nominations to RSLs, and the use of nominations to re-house households that are homeless and in priority need, for whom local authorities have a statutory duty to secure housing.
The Impact of a pan-London choice based lettings scheme on homelessness and temporary accommodation
The Association of London Government commissioned a short research project in order to understand the possible implications of a Pan-London CBL scheme for the management of homelessness and temporary accommodation. The key objective of the project was to understand how the offer of different proportions of available lettings for inter-borough moves might impact on the ability of individual boroughs to meet their statutory responsibilities for homeless households, and how this might impact on homeless households themselves.
An assessment of the role of Foyers in housing association provision
This research provided a systematic analysis of the national position in terms of numbers, their geographical and size distribution, information on both capital and revenue funding, clarification of the client groups and how clients come forward and are accepted, staffing, range of services provided, turnover and vacancies, rent determination and impact on employment/training opportunities, the expected impacts of Supporting People on the range and viability of clients, outputs in terms of move-on arrangements, qualifications, jobs attained, and qualitative evidence on client satisfaction.

Living on the edge

Gemma Burgess and Lynne McAulay talk about the evaluation of the New Horizons project