Homelessness: are we really helping?

Homelessness: are we really helping?

Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland, a joint venture between Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of York, recently hosted an event on the theme of homelessness.

Gathering together a large group of practitioners from local homelessness agencies, faith-based charities and the local authority, the day was a chance to reflect on how these agencies could work together to more effectively transform the lives of the homeless. 

The event aimed to address two problems that are common in the homelessness sector. First, the tension that can exist between professional agencies and church-based organisations. Second, the fact that some efforts to help people facing homelessness can instead do harm. 

This paper is a brief summary of the talks and discussions that took place throughout the day. We have written them up in order to share the learning from the event and hopefully, to encourage similar discussions around the country.