Getting unemployed and homeless back to work


Homelessness: What works and what doesn’t?

Mark Richardson, Pioneers Post. Market: UK, Year: 2013

The UK’s Homelessness Summit 2013 launched a report addressing the role of social enterprise in meeting the demands of the homelessness sector spotlighting unprecendented growth, sustainable business models and far reaching social impact.


Working past our 60s: Reforming laws and policies

Australian Human rights Commission. Market: Australia, Year: 2013

As a society, we have been slow to recognise that millions of older Australians are locked out of the workforce by age discrimination. We are only now starting to understand what a terrible waste of human capital this situation represents; a loss to the national economy and to businesses large and small, and a loss to the individual who is pushed out of the workforce prematurely. This guide will help you to understand Why the workplace will depend on older workers, the benefits of an older workforce and much more.


Keeping Work. Supporting homeless people to start, stay in, and thrive at work: A guide for employers

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2012

This report shows that homeless people do not need much targeted support from their employer to stay in and thrive in work: instead they benefit from good, all-round employment practice such as well-planned inductions, regular supervisions, clear guidance about their role, and support around understanding how to behave in the workplace.


What’s the risk? Employing young adults with criminal convictions.

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2012

Employers are constantly considering risk during recruitment – risk that a person may not fit with the culture of the organisation, risk that a person may not have the skills required to do their job, risk they may be unreliable and untrustworthy, etc.

When recruiting people with unspent criminal convictions, employers may perceive a risk of reoffending, risk of harm to self, others or society, negative reaction from existing workforce and risk of media or third parties uncovering the employment of an ex-offender and using this information to paint the company in a negative light. These risks are perceived to be significantly higher than when employing those without unspent criminal convictions although many of the above theoretically still apply (i.e. risk of harm to self, others or society and a negative reaction from colleagues to an individual).

The recommendations in this report, hope to inform the debate about the perceived risk that young adults with unspent criminal convictions pose to potential employers. It also hopes to start to mitigate some of that risk by informing employers and third party referral partners of current practice. It also hopes to add to the growing body of evidence that suggests it is possible and desirable to provide employment opportunities to young people with unspent criminal convictions.


Building Opportunities – Business and housing associations working together to help residents into employment: Lessons from Birmingham and Bristol

Market: UK, Year: 2010

This report summarises a pilot which ran in Birmingham and Bristol between September 2008 and March 2010. Business in the Community worked with Midland Heart and Places for People to build local multi-business partnerships to support local residents with employability. The pilot was supported by the Tenant Services Authority and Wates.



A Toolkit for Social Landlords – Building Opportunities for business and social landlords to work together

Market: UK, Year: 2010

This toolkit is based on findings from a pilot which ran in Birmingham and Bristol between September 2008 and March 2010. Business in the Community worked with two housing associations, Midland Heart and Places for People, to build local multi-business partnerships to support local residents with employability. The pilot was supported by the Tenant Services Authority and Wates.



Making Work, Work – campaign report on homelessness

Market: UK, Year: 2009

Recommendations for supporting homeless people to gain and sustain employment.



Work it Out – Barriers to Employment for Homeless People

Market: UK, Year: 2009

In response to a challenge by the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown in 2006, Business Action on Homelessness (BAOH) commissioned the New Economics Foundation (NEF) to conduct research into barriers to employment for homeless people.



Moving forward: further guidance for landowners, businesses and communities

Market: UK, Year: 2009

The provision of Affordable Rural Housing is critical to maintaining the living rural communities on who we depend to look after our unique countryside. This updated guide provides ideas and recommendations for those who wish to be involved in the provision of rural affordable housing.



The Road Home – Australian Government White Paper

Australian Government. Market: Australia, Year: 2008

This White Paper addresses the causes of homelessness and provides a framework for preventing homelessness from occurring in the first place. Among other strategies it increases support for victims of domestic violence to stay safely in their own home; increases public and community housing for people at risk of homelessness; improves tenancy advice and support services; and introduces a policy of no exits into homelessness from hospitals, mental health and drug and alcohol services and statutory care. These measures will help prevent more Australians from becoming homeless each year.



Which Way Home? – Australian Government Green Paper

Australian Government. Market: Australia, Year: 2008

Every night 100,000 Australians, including 10,000 children under the age of 12, are homeless. This Green Paper aims to promote discussion of homelessness issue in Australia. It also puts forward principles, targets and concrete options for reform. It is also the first step to develop a new approach to reduce homelessness over the next decade.



Australia’s Strengths and Challenges in responding to Homelessness: An International Comparison

Market: Australia, Year: 2008

The paper will provide a brief overview of homelessness in the major English-speaking countries of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. These nations have been chosen because, arguably, they are the most comparable to Australia and there is more information available. It is not the intention of this paper to provide comprehensive information about homelessness in each country. The main purpose of the paper is to generate discussion and debate about the level and extent of homelessness in Australia when compared internationally and the strengths of and challenges to Australia’s policy approach.



Australia’s Homeless Youth

Market: Australia, Year: 2008

Although youth homelessness received a great deal of media attention following the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity (HREOC) Inquiry Report, we have to face up to the fact that young people still become homeless and that youth homelessness is worse in 2008 than it was 20 years ago – the statistical evidence is that youth homelessness has doubled since Burdekin. Australia has been notable for its innovative service models, yet for a long time, there has not been the political will to make the necessary social investment to begin reducing and ultimately eliminate youth homelessness.



Getting out to Work – Employing Young Adults with Convictions

Market: UK, Year: 2007

Written for employers by employers, this handbook gives practical advice on employing young people with convictions and why there’s a business case to do so.