About Cathy at 50
The scale of the problem makes it imperative that councils, housing associations and the government work to find solutions. Rough sleeping in England jumped 30% last year, when 3,569 people were recorded on the streets. This is double the level recorded in 2010.
In order to help, the Cathy at 50 campaign will look to build skills and awareness both inside the housing sector and externally. For starters, Inside Housing is kicking of the campaign with a series of in-depth investigations and pieces of research throughout the anniversary week.
We will also be reaching beyond the sector, by launching a film competition – Reel Homes – in an attempt to engage young filmmakers in this crucial subject to produce a Cathy Come Home for the 21st Century. Housing associations have already pledged more than £10,000 to help fund the film and provide prize money for the winner. And we are also calling on the sector and government to look at adopting a Housing First approach to help tackle entrenched rough sleeping. The model, which involved providing permanent housing backed up by tailored support, appears to have had a dramatic impact in countries like the USA and Finland.
Finally, we are calling on the UK government to commit to ending rough sleeping, and halving the current figure by 2020 as a staging post. As we look to mark the 50th anniversary of a film that got many of our readers involved in the housing sector in the first place, it is time to renew the fight.
Cathy at 50 campaign aims:
- To launch a film competition to produce a finished work about homelessness or the impact of the housing crisis .
- A week of detailed research and stories from the frontline to mark the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home and promote a wider debate about the current homelessness crisis.
- Call for councils to explore housing first as a default option for long-term rough sleepers and commission Housing First schemes, housing associations to identify additional stock for Housing First schemes and government to support five Housing First projects, collect evidence and distribute best practice.
- Call for the UK government to commit to ending rough sleeping and to halve rough sleeping by 2020 as the first step to achieving this.
As politicans hit the campaign trail, we illustrate a number of graphs showing why political parties should support our Cathy at 50 campaign to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness.
The homelessness debate can often be caught up in facts and figures. As the Homelessness Reduction Bill makes its way through parliament, Danielle Aumord talks to one man about life in the system
Today MPs are set to debate the Homelessess Reduction Bill, amid wrangling from councils over the costs. As the debate takes place, Sophie Barnes reports back from one outreach team’s nightly fight against homelessness in south London
Homelessness on film Video
From I, Daniel Blake to A Street Cat Named Bob, films about housing and homelessness are entering the mainstream. But have they made a difference to people working on the frontline? Kate Youde finds out
Out of the classroom Video
Fifty years after Cathy Come Home, Joe Dart finds out what the next generation of housing professionals are being taught about homelessness
Housing homeless people before they receive treatment could end rough sleeping, but the policy must not disrupt existing allocations, says Matt Downie
Inside Housing sub-editor Lucy Brown shares her thoughts on her first year as a volunteer with Crisis at Christmas
A new project aims to show that early intervention is key to addressing the homelessness crisis, says Jack Jeffery
Housing First is a success story – the UK should learn from it, says David Ireland
Rough sleeping is on the increase but there are effective approaches, says Cath McAndry