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
  • older people's housing
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Scaling-up Social Lettings: Scope, Impact and barriers

Project Director: Professor Ed Ferrari
Project Duration: 2017-2018

This project will undertake research to understand the scope and scale of the use of Social Lettings Agencies in England. The aim is to understand what SLAs can do to improve the access to, affordability and quality of, and stability in the Private Rented Sector, particularly for households in housing needs or in poverty.


Understanding the mental health needs of homeless people in Nottingham

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2016-2018

This study explores the mental health needs and experiences of Nottingham's homeless population, through a survey of homeless people, in-depth interviews with homeless people with mental ill health, and interviews with stakeholders. There is increasing recognition that the mental health needs of homeless people in Nottingham are not being met  and that services could be developed to better meet these needs. The study will make recommendations about how to  improve services in the city.


Housing+ Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Ed Ferrari
Project Duration: 2016-2018

Housing+ is a new model for delivering an integrated and enhanced housing service to council housing customers in Sheffield. The overall aim of this evaluation was to explore whether, and how, the Housing+ service achieved improvements in health and wellbeing of council housing customers, in comparison to the previous service, and identify the associated direct and indirect costs.


A review of the Urban CLT Project

Project Director: Dr Tom Moore (University of Sheffield) / Dr Tom Archer (Sheffield Hallam University)
Project Duration: 2017-2018

This study evaluated the support and funding offered by the Urban Community Land Trust (CLT) Fund.  Managed by the National CLT Network, with funding from the Oak Foundation, the Fund provided small grants to emerging urban CLTs in England and Wales, along with opportunities for peer learning.  The programme aimed to establish 20 demonstration CLTs in different urban contexts, to increase awareness of the role that CLTs can play in meeting the need for affordable housing, to increase community capacity within urban CLTs, and to increase the public profile of such models of housing supply.


Lewisham Borough Trailblazer: Exploring the Causes of Homelessness in Lewisham

Project Director: Dr Sadie Parr
Project Duration: 2017-2018

As part of the Trailblazer objective to reduce homelessness in Lewisham, and to better understand and meet the needs of homeless people, Lewisham Council commissioned the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University to carry out qualitative research exploring the causes of homelessness. This comprised two linked aims. To establish: the causes of homelessness from the homeless person’s perspective; the journeys of homeless people in terms of the services they have used to get help and support.


Get in touch

For further information please contact Dr Stephen Green at stephen.green@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4519,
or Professor Ed Ferrari at e.ferrari@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4824.

Key clients

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Camden Council
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Venturesome)
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
London Borough of Lewisham Council
North East Derbyshire District Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Northern Housing Consortium
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
South Yorkshire Housing Association
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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