Charities, social enterprises and government are all working to meet the challenge of homelessness in the UK today. Their work is vital to meet the very real and growing need we face. But where does this need come from? And how can it be reduced?
This resource has been designed for philanthropists and funders who are considering funding work on homelessness but do not know where to start. It:
- Uses the latest data to illustrate the scale of the problem and particularly draw attention to the huge numbers of ‘hidden homeless’ people in temporary accommodation.
- Analyses the reasons why people become and remain homeless, with a particular focus on how systems keep people in poverty, out of housing and can make it difficult for them to access help.
- Offers funding ideas at a range of scales and geared towards these systemic problems.
The homelessness problem is complex, but funders and philanthropists should not be dissuaded from tackling it. With this resource the issues are explained clearly, their relationships with each other mapped out, and real practical interventions are suggested which can help.
Systems change has been attracting the attention of those in the social sector who want to deal with the root causes of problems, but, despite the buzz, much of what is written is abstract in tone. With the support of LankellyChase Foundation we have produced this guide to plug a gap in the systems change literature—providing accessible material and recommendations for action.
We think that, applied well, theory of change can support charities and funders to take a systemic approach to their work. This report identifies five common pitfalls that organisations fall into when using theory of change, and walks through five rules of thumb that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems.
More than 13,500 women are imprisoned in the UK every year. The reasons why are complex but they must be understood if these numbers are to be reduced. This research has been commissioned by the J Leon Philanthropy Council to gain a better understanding of women’s pathways into and through the criminal justice system.