Kate Farrell

Kate Farrell

Kate Farrell is the Mayoral Advisor on Homelessness for the Liverpool City Region and is committed to ending homelessness in the city region at a time when the number of rough sleepers continues to rise, in spite of the excellent work of our local councils.

She’s been leading on negotiations with The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) around the innovative Housing First project, which provides rapid access to the housing and support for the people who need it most.

Housing First is a model based on a strong international evidence base, which shows it works best when implemented across a wide area with many services working together.

Liverpool City Region has just been awarded £7.7 million to roll out this approach over the next three years. It’s a huge programme of work looking at system change right across the homelessness system so that Liverpool City Region can provide the right support for everyone who needs it.

A devolved Liverpool City Region offers the near perfect environment to make real change to people’s lives in a way that respects their basic human rights, whilst sticking to a model that provides better outcomes for people and has the ability to save costs.

“Devolution gives us the chance to do things differently to how we’ve donw them before,” says Kate. “It gives us the ambition and opportunity to aim a little higher in what we can do and become even more strategic about what we can achieve in the area of housing.”

“Homelessness has been normalised by society and this shouldn’t be the case. Everyone in the city region should have access to housing as a human right. No one should have to justify why they deserve housing.”

Through devolution, Liverpool City Region is looking to ensure that 25,000 new homes are built in the region by 2020. And more than 10,000 have already been completed.

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