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Soc&Env: Housing and homelessness: Challenges and opportunities

Housing affordability and availability will continue to pose significant local challenges for the foreseeable future in Hackney and the City, driven largely by regional, national and international influences beyond local control.  However, there are significant opportunities for health and housing professionals to work closer together to improve outcomes for local residents. Staff working across the …

Soc&Env: Local services and support for reducing homelessness and associated harms

Independent advice for tenants is available from a number of local charities, most notably Shelter, whose Hackney Family Service supports families who are at risk of homelessness and deal with other housing issues as well. The charity offers free, expert housing advice on a range of topics, and works with specialist services to tackle recurring …

Soc&Env: Local services and support for vulnerable tenants

Many local social landlords, including Hackney Housing, provide a range of interventions that promote wellbeing, social participation and financial inclusion for their tenants. The Hackney Financial Inclusion Steering Group brings together the council, Citizens Advice East End and most of the large housing associations in the borough including Hackney Housing. The main collaborative financial inclusion …

Soc&Env: Local services and support relating to housing conditions

For those living in council-owned properties, Hackney Housing provides a range of services to maintain and improve the condition of homes in the borough. This includes a repairs service, which is responsible for the structure and outside of the property, systems in the property for supplying water, gas, electricity and sanitation, and heating. Similar services …

Soc&Env: Evidence and best practice relating to reducing homelessness and associated harms

Housing options and advice are provided by local authorities to address homelessness, but often not until a family or individual has already become homeless.  The charity Shelter advocates for much earlier intervention, identifying those who are vulnerable to the threat of homelessness and then providing a range of preventative measures – from targeted advice and …

Soc&Env: Evidence and best practice relating to housing support for vulnerable tenants

Social landlords do a great deal more than just providing and managing accommodation.  A range of support is commonly offered to address the often significant health and wellbeing needs of their tenants – including jobs and training, learning and skills, as well as support to specifically address health needs and enable people to remain independent …

Soc&Env: Evidence and best practice relating to housing conditions

Targeted investment to reduce and mitigate housing-related hazards plays a key role in addressing associated health harms. The largest recent example of a national scheme to improve conditions in the social rented sector is the Decent Homes programme, which has overseen improvements in over a million homes since 2001. The programme has thus improved the …

Soc&Env: Housing and homelessness: Evidence and best practice

This section highlights evidence and best practice in addressing the health harms of housing, with information framed around the following headings: Improving housing conditions  Improving access to affordable homes Support for vulnerable tenants Reducing homelessness and associated health harms