CRESR

Housing

The housing team at CRESR is one of the largest groups of specialist housing researchers in the UK. It has gained an unrivalled reputation for high-quality, policy-oriented evaluations and reports.

While it has experience in a range of subjects, it has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • housing market analysis
  • housing market renewal and regeneration   
  • the private rented sector and the Local Housing Allowance
  • housing modernisation
  • homelessness
  • the housing circumstances of different social and ethnic groups
  • housing's role in creating more mixed communities
  • tenant participation
  • the housing needs of gypsies and travellers
  • housing policy, housing management and service delivery
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Rotherham Condensation study: how can problems of condensation be effectively reduced in social housing properties?

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2014-2015

Condensation and mould is an increasing problem in social housing and the private rented sector and will worsen as fuel poverty levels rise and as more poorly installed energy efficient improvements are made to properties without allowing for removing ‘cold bridges’ and offering appropriate ventilation measures.

This project is examining how the problem of condensation can be effectively reduced in social housing properties in Rotherham. The project involves focus groups with tenants, council staff and members to explore their understanding,  perceptions and experience of the problem and dealing with it. The study will monitor 20 intervention properties which will receive improved ventilation systems and ten control properties and conduct household questionnaires and in depth interviews with tenants.     

The project team also includes Catherine Homer and Anna Cronin de Chavez (Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University).


An Evaluation of the Houses into Homes Initiative

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2012-2015

The evaluation is exploring the effectiveness of arrangements for delivering the Houses into Homes scheme for bring empty properties back into use and seeking to determine the impact and added value of the scheme.  The Houses into Homes scheme makes available loans to bring empty houses or commercial buildings back into use as homes for rent or sale.  A £10 million fund has been made available by Welsh Government to support the scheme. 
 


Oldham Warm Homes Service evaluation

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2013-2015

An evaluation of a ‘whole household’ approach to fuel poverty. This included impact analysis of a range of different interventions, and involved valuation of outcomes with respect to its impact on health and wellbeing.


An Evaluation of Crisis' Sharing Solutions Programme

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: 2014-2015

Crisis is supporting eight projects throughout England, with grant funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The programme aims to develop and deliver innovative ways to improve shared accommodation in the private rented sector for those receiving housing benefit and only entitled to the shared accommodation rate (SAR) of Local Housing Allowance (LHA). The programme is seeking to:

  • develop models of renting that incentivise private landlords to rent to SAR recipients
  • improve the availability of shared accommodation, and
  • improve the sustainability of tenancies in shared accommodation.

CRESR is carrying out an evaluation of the programme, aimed at highlighting solutions that work and how barriers and challenges can be overcome.

See client website for more information.


Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2014

A scoping study for a larger project about the impact of benefit sanctions on homeless people, the project is analysing available data and reviewing relevant policy documents and literature to inform design of a longer term research project.

 


Get in touch

For further information please contact Dr Kesia Reeve at k.reeve@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4519,
or Professor Paul Hickman at p.g.hickman@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4522.

Key clients

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Camden Council
Circle Housing Wherry
Consortium of Associations in the South East
Crisis
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)
Eaga Charitable Trust
Flagship Homes
Glasgow Housing Assocation
Home Office
Housing Partners
Hyde Housing Group and partners
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lambeth Council
Leeds City Council
Leeds Partnership Charitable Homes Ltd
Local Government Association
North East Derbyshire District Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group
Oldham Council
Residential Landlords Association
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Shelter
Shelter Scotland
South Cambridgeshire District Council
St Basils
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Wakefield and District Housing
Welsh Assembly Government
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
White Rose Collaboration Fund project
Wigan Council
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