Areas of Work
This section highlights the key areas of work the Taskforce has been working on since its inception. Follow the links for information, insight and resources.
Positive Pathways Model
The Positive Pathway Model underpins all the work of the Homelessness Taskforce it provides us with a systematic and coherent way of thinking about how things can be done differently.
Commitment to Collaborate
The Commitment to Collaborate (C2C) is a step-by-step approach that uses the logic of both the Positive Pathways Model and Designing out Homelessness to guide organisations through a reflective yet action based process so they can maximise their impact on reducing homelessness.
The business community has a crucial role to play in helping to reduce homelessness, both as employers and people committed to their local communities. The toolkit developed with businesses is a step-by-step guide for employers to review what they can do to maximise their contribution.
Faith and Community Groups
Faith and Community groups have a crucial role to play in reducing homelessness and its impact of people. They can be critical partners in all stages of the Positive Pathways Model approach.
Children, Families and Young People
The impact of homelessness of children, families and young people cannot be underestimated and the complexity of the issues they face can be daunting. We have been developing our work in this area for the last two years and will keep these groups as a high priority in the future.
No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)
People who have no recourse to public funds or who only have restricted access to public funds can be some of the most vulnerable individuals agencies have to support. We have worked with key partners to collate a range of resources people can use to make a difference.
If homelessness is the ultimate exclusion then rough sleeping is probably the most extreme example of that. The Homelessness Taskforce has focused on this area of work since it’s inception in 2017 and in this section we outline the work we have undertaken.
Sharing Knowledge and Learning
Two important elements of the Taskforce’s work are; firstly sharing the knowledge and learning that is within the homelessness sector across the region and secondly helping to bring new knowledge and learning into the sector. In this section, you will find links to our growing library of webinars, current training programmes and Taskforce briefing papers.
Health and Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA)
Working with the WMCA Equalities and Diversity team we have developed a simple briefing paper to help colleagues assess the potential impact on homelessness of changes they may be making to policies and practice. The paper is designed to be used as part of any Health and Equity Impact Assessment that teams undertake as they plan changes to their work or design new policy, projects, programmes and interventions.
It is particularly relevant where there does not appear to be a direct link between the proposed changes and homelessness, these are often spaces where considering Universal Prevention can have the biggest impact.