Homelessness hackathon

Homelessness hackathon

The 2019 Homelessness Hackathon

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On Tuesday 25 June FutureGov, Housing 2019 and Inside Housing organised a hackathon to find innovative ways to end homelessness.


Why we did it

 

Homelessness currently stands at a horrifying level in the UK. Over 4,600 people sleep rough every night according to the last official count and tens of thousands of people live in temporary accommodation. Almost 600 homeless people died in 2017, at an average age of less than 45. The number of deaths has risen by 24% over the last five years.

These figures are clearly unacceptable and we must take action. While government involvement, such as supporting the building of new social housing, is clearly vital, everyone has a role to play. The Homelessness Reduction Act has placed new responsibilities on councils to support homeless people across the UK, but there’s more that needs to be done.

What we did

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Housing 2019, Europe’s largest housing festival and the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual event, presented a unique opportunity to bring together housing experts to address a problem affecting every locality and housing provider. Homelessness is a pressing issue that requires coordinated partnership to support people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

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On the opening day of Housing 2019, we invited hack participants to collaborate and design new solutions contribute to ending homelessness.

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Participants with a wide range of life and professional experience collaborated in teams to come up with innovative suggestions and solutions. The ideas were voted on by the event audience, shared with the Inside Housing readership on Wednesday 26 June and the winning idea was announced at The Fringe on Thursday 27 June.

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The event took place inside a purpose-built space. Around the room we showcased inspiration from great work done to date from the UK and abroad, providing a constant reminder that the ultimate purpose is to create ideas that will effect real, lasting change.

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Hack attendees learnt new tools and experienced new ways of working to create shareable and reusable content and assets. Experienced facilitators encouraged cross-sector collaboration, guided attendees to build tangible ideas for use in the immediate future and helped develop valuable new skills that will help us innovate and create change across the sector.

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We must make a change. Please read these ideas and vote on the three that you think most likely to create change through this link.

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Visual observations checklist for homelessness prevention - Enabling frontline staff to capture visual observations on home visits (e.g. gas engineers, repairs staff) to identify people at risk of homelessness

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Homes to Roost - A secure platform matching empty properties with people who are hidden homeless; a campaign and hub to bring forward people who are hidden homeless

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Virtual addresses with lockers and a service to get your ID and a bank account - Install lockers in local council and housing association offices that rough sleepers can use as an official address. Combine this with a service that makes it very easy to request any missing ID documents (Birth certificate, NI No, Passport), scan them into a virtual locker (and put them in the physical one) and then use these ID documents to open a bank account.

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Recovering citizen ID - Providing ID with fingerprint biometrics integrated with the Citizen ID database - improving access to homes, income, helth and employment services

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Drop-in space to build trust - Preventing situations that debt can produce (e.g. evictions) through providing a trusted holisic space for people to met with a debt navigator. Enable the customer to discuss their situation without pressue to make recovery arrangements

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Safe spaces for rough sleepers - Physical space and community support to protect rough sleepers and their belongings and signpost to other services

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Tacco (temporary accommodation app) - An app for people living in temporary accommodation to provide information, advice, FAQs. Includes a temporary accommodation finder like Rightmove and reviewing accomodation like Trip Advisor.

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Information, advice and guidance for sofa surfers - Campaign to raise awareness of rights for people sofa surfing. Including property portals, leaflets, videos, webspace and infographics.

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Managing backpayments - Providing support to enable people to manage a backpayment in a positive and healthy way

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Early intervention toolkit for GPs - Toolkit with resources for GPs to facilitate conversations with patients about homelessness. A "deck of cards" to easily ask questions that might signify risk of homelessness and identify those at risk.

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Modular housing for London - Increasing housing supply in London through modular housing - modular buildings made of standardised component parts

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Homelessess collaboration application for young people - Flagging system for those engaging with services - capacity building, resilience building, sharing information, flagging those at risk.

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Prototyping policy: every third home available for homeless people - Housing 4 Homeless: legislation to ensure every 3rd home bought by a develper is rented to a person experiencing homelessness

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Housesharing for young people to prevent homelessness - Matching service for young people on social housing registers, aligning interests, areas and affordability. Supporting access for small groups into HMOs through rent deposit and sustainability with 'house coaches' to provide practical support where needed.

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Children's homelessness hackathon - Children's homelessness hackathon to promote education, reduce assumptions and share lived experience from young people.

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Flagging system to identify at-risk children - Identify a set of flags for risk based on data analysis. Referrals created based on those flags prompting intervention by independant body with young person. Ongoing enagement with young person and monitoring of outcomes. Successful outcomes feedback into ongoing pilot

It could be me awareness campaign - National targeted publicity campaign to raise awareness of how close homelessness is - embedding the idea that homelessness is easy to fall into.

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