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Prevention of homelessness - Effective tenancy sustainment

This half-day seminar was held in Glasgow on 20 January 2011 to look at best practice from a range of organisations, focusing on tenancy support and targeted interventions to help maintain tenancies.

The event was chaired by Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Professor of Housing and Social Policy at Heriot-Watt University. In the first session Gavin Corbett, Head of Policy at Shelter Scotland, talked about the importance of tenancy sustainment in reducing homelessness.

Gavin was followed by Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive of Link Group Ltd, who gave details of Link’s successful tenancy sustainment strategy.

You can download their presentations here:

Gavin Corbett, Head of Policy, Shelter Scotland
Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive, Link Group Ltd

The second session focused on best practice and Nick Bell, Manager, Youth Homelessness at SCSH, began the session by explaining the ‘My space, My place’ project which provides practical support to young service users to help them maintain their tenancies.  Kevin O’ Shaughnessy, Manager at Edinburgh Furniture Initiative talked about the establishment and development of this project to assist tenants with making their houses feel like home.

You can download their presentations here:

Nick Bell, Manager, Youth Homelessness, SCSH
Kevin O’ Shaughnessy, Manager, Edinburgh Furniture Initiative

Delegates were then asked to think about and discuss improvements to tenancy sustainment policy and practice within their own organisations.

Stephen Sandham, Head of Homelessness, Housing Support, Advice and Standards at the Scottish Government, gave the closing presentation on why tenancy sustainment is crucial to the Scottish Government’s homelessness prevention strategy.

You can download his presentation here:

Stephen Sandham, Head of Homelessness, Advice and Standards, Scottish Government