Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2014

Reports from the ten participants of the 2014 Transatlantic Practice Exchange.

The Transatlantic Practice Exchange was designed against a backdrop of welfare reform, funding changes, increased localisation and changing demographics, to provide a space for new thinking about the ways that we deliver services.

Between May and June 2014, ten frontline homelessness staff (five from England, five from the USA) crossed the Atlantic to explore innovations in homelessness provision in each other's countries. Funded by The Oak Foundation, the structure of the placements enabled participants to develop an understanding of the context in which these services operate, giving them a unique insight into how things can be done differently - and also why they are done differently.

We have brought together accounts from all ten participants in a single publication. You can download it below.

UK participants

Participants from England brought home learning about:

  • Trauma-informed Care
  • Housing First
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Stabilisation
  • Permanent Supportive Housing for people over 50

US participants

Participants for the US investigated:

  • Hospital Discharge Strategies
  • The Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) approach
  • No Second NIght Out
  • Psychologically Informed Environments
  • Nightstops and Reconnect as ways of addressing youth homelessness

Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2014

Reports from 10 frontline professionals on an international exchange of knowledge and practice. Exchanges took place between May and July 2014, with participants spending up to two weeks on placement with their hosts and other local organisations.


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Tasmin Maitland

Head of innovation and good practice

Tasmin leads our innovation and good practice team, managing a range of projects including guidance, the Transatlantic Practice Exchange and the Hostels Action Learning series.

Telephone: 020 7840 4451
Twitter: @Tasmin_IGP