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The Homes for Cathy Conference

Monday, 25 Mar 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
TUC Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


Download the slides from the conference here



Inside Housing are pleased to join forces with Homes for Cathy to deliver the 2nd edition of the Homes for Cathy Annual Conference. The event unites the sector for a coordinated approach to tackling homelessness together!


Uniting leaders and practitioners from Housing Associations and Local Authorities to share real examples of the work being done to end homelessness, the event provides a platform for informed debate and discussion, examination and exploration around the good practices being utilised in the sector.


This event is a must attend for:

  • Chief executives, board members and leaders wanting to find solutions and strategies to end homelessness
  • Service leads working in housing, development and homelessness wanting to refine their practice and share learning with peers
  • Those interested in the nine Home for Cathy commitments and how they can be used as a tool to make a lasting impact to reduce and eradicate homelessness


The conference is one of the focal points of the campaign where people come together to discuss, learn good practice and share lessons learned and to forge networks.


Homes for Cathy is a group of housing associations that were formed in the Cathy Come Home era, that came together in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home and to highlight the continuing needs of homeless people. The Homes for Cathy group has been organizing a range of local and national events over the last two years, with the aim of raising awareness of the needs of the homeless and working on strategies to end homelessness.


For further information please contact Jason at

or call 020 7772 8342.



All proceeds from the conference will go to Homes for Cathy to reinvest in charitable causes working to end homelessness and support the most vulnerable in society




Featured Speakers View All

Featured Speakers

Terrie Alafat CBE

Chief executive
David Bogle

David Bogle

Chief executive
Hightown Housing Association

Steve Douglas

One Housing Group

Helen Evans

Chief executive
Network Homes

Chris Hancock

Head of Housing
Lord Kerslake

Lord Kerslake

Tracey Lees

Tracey Lees

Chief executive

Michael Newey

Chief executive
Broadland Housing Association
Raquel Rolnik

Raquel Rolnik

Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of So Paulo and former UN Human Rights Council Rapporteur on Housing (2008-2014)

Jon Sparkes

Chief executive

Tony Stacey

Chief executive
South Yorkshire Housing Association

Jeremy Swain

Deputy director Rough Sleeping Initiative
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government



09:00 Registration and refreshments


10:00 Chair’s opening remarks


David Bogle, chief executive, Hightown Housing Association


10:05 Opening Keynote address: Why are we here?


This opening keynote session will set the scene for the day. Our panel will set out why we need to be taking a coordinated approach to tackle homelessness. They will consider what the whole of the sector needs to do, what government needs to do and offer thoughts around strategic solutions to opportunities and challenges.


Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive, CIH

Jon Sparkes, chief executive, Crisis

Sarah-Jane Gay, external affairs manager, National Housing Federation


Chair: David Bogle, chief executive, Hightown Housing Association


10:45 Lived experience session


A ten minute in conversation with individuals with experience of being homeless which will provide delegates with a much-needed view of why ending homelessness is life changing and of paramount importance.


10:55 Performance of Street Life, a play staged by Verbatim Theatre Performance. Performance introduced by playwright James McDermott. Followed by a Q&A, chaired by Michael Newey, chief executive, Broadlands.


11:15 Refreshment break


11:30 Keynote: progress on homelessness reduction strategy


Jeremy will be offering a wide ranging and in-depth exploration and examination of the delivery of the rough sleeping strategy. He will be focusing on what has worked well, what has been challenging and offering his thoughts on how the sector can work together to delivery the strategy in a co-ordinated and meaningful way.


Jeremy Swain, head of the rough sleeping initiative team, MHCLG


12:15 Keynote: in conversation with Raquel Rolnik


Professor Rolnik will provide a keynote address framing housing as a human right. She will explore international trends on homelessness and solutions, and the rise of the rise of tenant activism and social movements in response to inequality and homelessness.


Raquel Rolnik, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo and former UN Human Rights Council Rapporteur on Housing (2008-2014)


Chair: Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing


12:45 Lunch


13:00 – 13:30 In conversation with Daisy-May Hudson, director, Halfway

Daisy-May Hudson is the director of the feature length documentary, Halfway. The film documents her and her family’s experiences of life in a homeless hostel. She will be joining Inside Housing’s editor, Martin Hilditch in conversation to talk through the film and how it was shaped by her experiences.


13:45 – 14:05 Hear from members


Tony Stacey, chief executive, South Yorkshire Housing

Tracey Lees, chief executive, Wandle

Michael Newey, chief executive, Broadlands

Chris Hancock, head of housing, Crisis


14:05 Discussion


This part of the day will be used for delegates to break into groups to discuss challenges around some of the 9 commitments. This will be dictated by registration, where we will ask people to outline up to 4 commitments which they are finding challenging to implement.


15:00 Refreshment break


15:15 Lifting the lid on homelessness prevention


Three housing professionals whose organisation is a member of H4C will discuss how they think the sector should approach homelessness prevention across different vulnerable groups. This will be a blend of practical current examples based on delivering the commitments and some future strategic, policy and process themes. The panel will explore the connections between homelessness, mental health and migration.


Gudrun Burnet, senior business partner, Peabody and co-founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance

Ashley Horsey, chief executive, Commonweal Housing

Adam Clark, assistant housing director, Broadlands Housing


Chair: David Bogle, chief executive, Hightown Housing Association


15:50 Lived experience session


A ten minute in conversation with individuals with experience of being homeless which will provide delegates with a much-needed view of why ending homelessness is life changing and of paramount importance.


16:00 Who are we housing? Do we know and have our processes led to unintended consequences?

In the months since the Grenfell fire and amid growing numbers of people sleeping rough or living in temporary accommodation, the spotlight has increasingly shone on the question of who has access to social housing. Have affordable rents and a focus on affordability to ensure tenants are able to sustain a tenancy had the effect of altering the demographics of those housed by landlords? How do tenancy sustainment programmes and rent arrears policies collide?

This session aims to explore whether current processes and policies are creating unintended consequences that have reduced access to social housing for some of the most vulnerable people in society or led tenants to become homeless. From a strategic perspective what questions should sector leaders be asking about their policies and principles and their mission? What practical steps can associations take, regardless of the public policy environment?


Steve Douglas, chair, One Housing Group

Helen Evans, chief executive, Network Homes

Lord Kerslake, chair, Peabody


Chair: David Bogle, chief executive, Hightown Housing Association


16:30 Closing keynote: Ending the housing crisis


The closing session of the conference will bring together two members of Shelter’s Building for our future: A vision for social housing who will be discussing how the proposals it sets out can help end homelessness and provide a safe foundation for the most vulnerable in society.


Reverend Dr Mike Long, commission chair and minister, Notting Hill Methodist Church

Raji Hunjan, commissioner, chief executive, Zaccheaus 2000 Trust


Chair: Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing


16:55 Chair’s closing remarks


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