Housing and Migration Network

Bringing together policy makers and practitioners to develop ideas for improving the housing of refugees and new migrants.

This independent network, run in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will enable practitioners and policy makers from the public, private and third sectors to share knowledge about housing and integration issues affecting refugees and other new migrants, and the neighbourhoods in which they settle.

Running for two years, it will also identify practical solutions and opportunities to influence housing policy.

The network differs from other sectoral initiatives as it addresses the housing issues faced by all refugees and new migrants, regardless of their means of entry or whether they are family units, single people or migrant workers.

It is also designed to look at settlement and integration at neighbourhood level, and to address the impact of migration in different localities.

The network is practice focused and will look at these in the context of medium and longer term solutions, rather than focus on the quick fixes that are often suggested.

Related resources

Access 'Housing associations and provision for destitute migrants' - a practice pack

'Migrants in the Private Rented Sector' reports

Housing and Migration Network Position Statement

UK migration: the leadership role of housing providers

Housing below the Radar workshop notes and presentations

Funding partners

Metropolitan Housing Partnership (via the Ashmore Foundation)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Strategic partners

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Metropolitan Housing Partnership

Network members

Core team:
Chair – Julia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Kathleen Kelly, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Paul Birtill, Director of Investment and Development, Metropolitan Support Trust
Heather Petch, Former Director, HACT

Lived Experience:
Alona Tirzite, Lincolnshire CC
Arten Refugee and Migrants Centre
Dr Azim El Hassan, HACT associate Chair of Sudan Research Group
Elahe Panahi, Director, St John’s Community Centre
Michael Gelling, Chair, TAROE

Housing Local authority:
Jon Lord, Chief Officer, Community/Private Housing: Bolton Council/Bolton at Home
Nigel Lee, Cabinet Member Climate Change, Housing and Sustainability, Coventry CC
Ann Branson, Divisional Director, Housing Strategy and Options, Leicester CC
Neil Coles, Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Team Manager, Newham Council

Housing Other:
Richard Capie, Director of Policy and Practice CIH
John Perry, Policy Advisor CIH
Vicky Stark, Chief Executive, Look Ahead Housing and Care
Bill Payne, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Housing Trust (MHT)
Tom Murtha, Chief Executive Officer, Midland Heart

Voluntary community sector:
Jenny Edwards, CEO, Homeless Link
Neil Stott, Chief Executive, Keystone Development Trust
Leonie McCarthy, Citywide Neighbourhood Manager – New Links (Peterborough)

Gill Green, Senior Research Manager, Audit Commission
Tim Finch, Head of Migration, Equalities and Citizenship, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Sue Lukes, HACT Associate and Director of MigrationWork CIC