World Homelessness Day 2022

By Kirsty Young, Contracts Manager - Homelessness and Young People

Today people all over the world will be highlighting homelessness and calling for collective action to help tackle it.

Our approach

At NCHA we have a number of services that support people who are both experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, working across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

We offer both emergency and temporary accommodation in a supportive environment, as well as homelessness preventions services to adults and young people over 16. A full list of our homelessness services is available on our website.

These services offer far more than simply a warm, safe place to stay. The support we offer helps people to develop essential life skills, to manage a tenancy and, when they’re ready, move on to independent accommodation.

We work with councils across the East Midlands and have developed great relationships with local businesses who give us donations of essentials such as food, kitchen utensils and bedding.

Our commitments

In 2016 we joined ‘Homes for Cathy’. Working alongside the National Housing Federation, Shelter and Crisis this group of housing associations shares a collective aim; to highlight the continuing needs of homeless people and work to combat it.

We have pledged to uphold nine commitments to help alleviate homelessness, and we integrate this into everything that we do. You can find out more on our website.

You can read more about how we are using the commitments to define and deliver our homelessness strategy in the publication Housing Associations and Homelessness Prevention: A compendium of good practice (Co-authored by the National Housing Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing and Homes for Cathy)

At the Homes for Cathy conference (10 October), Holly Dagnall, Director of Homes and Wellbeing, Will join the ‘Working in partnership to meet the needs of all homeless people in the community’ panel, to talking about our part in the Leicester Homelessness Charter. Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

A key delivery area

We’ve recently put together a set of plans for our key delivery areas. Our Homelessness and Young People Plan explores the challenges we face, and sets key objectives to tackle homelessness for the next five years.

Our vision for our homelessness and young people service is that: “NCHA will be a sector leader in our region for homelessness services … We aim to end homelessness through partnership working, particularly with our commitment to Homes for Cathy.”

Read the full plan on our website.