The Housing and Homelessness Innovation and Voice Programme, which is being funded by the Oak Foundation, aims to support new ideas and collaborations that seek to address the root causes of housing issues and homelessness.
Since launching earlier during the summer, the Community Foundation have engaged with individuals who have lived experience and as a result they have identified 13 challenge themes, which are listed below:
- Rented housing
- Mental health & complex needs
- Stigma & respect
- Hostels and temporary emergency accommodation
- Violence against women and girls
- Female homelessness
- Services/support for male and other victims of domestic abuse
- Relationship breakdown
- Homelessness affecting asylum seekers and refugees
- Homelessness affecting LGBTQ+ people
- Homelessness affecting young people
- Early Intervention support
- Agencies and organisations not collaborating enough
Organisations and individuals with lived experience are now being invited to express an interest in working together to develop new solutions to one or more of these challenges through an innovation process.
The programme opened for expression of interest from Monday 1st November and will close Friday 26th November 2021. A total of 10 project teams will be formed through collaboration amongst participants and seed fund awards of up to £25,000 will be made to the most promising project ideas that emerge from the programme.
To find out more and to register your expression of interest, please visit here.