Research, impact and community; a discussion on Housing First developments in the UK

Maggie Brunjes 1

Visibly for the moment only to invited members

Visible for the moment only to invited members

This recording captures most of a discussion between Robin Johnson and Maggie Brünjes of Glasgow Homelessness Network in Feb 2017, following the publication of a joint GHN/Crisis business case and feasibility study, which proposes the creation of a research centre to study the impact of homelessness interventions in Scotland.

The conversation ranges freely over a string of issues, including the work and role of Glasgow Homeless Network itself; the growing professionalisation of services and the ambiguity in raising expectations of staff, or in giving innovation a name; the history of homelessness service provision in Glasgow, and the difference made by a legal right to housing, and the available housing stock; funds for an incremental approach to re-provision; a ‘natural’ experiment over 10 years in hostel-less services in Clydebank; the ambitions for a research centre, the limitations of formal research and the need for wide-ranging research across a multitude of operations;  and – a perennial theme of this visit – the possibilities of a new model of supported housing blending individual tenancies with group and community support.


NB: Robin also describes here the origins of the PIElink; and outlines the intention behind the PIE Abacus; for more, see: Distance travelled.

For the GHN/Crisis feasibility study, by Lígia Teixeira, see:   Ending homelessness faster by focusing on ‘what works’: Towards a world-leading centre for homelessness impact 

For more on future plans, see: A sustainability business plan for The PIELink. (currently in preparation)

For other discussions on the themes of this conversation at this time, see, for example:

Homeless Action Scotland Masterclass, Q&A session ( currently in preparation)