As part of MLRC’s work, we provide training in housing law to organisations and individuals working in the field of homelessness. In January, MLRC held a training session in advanced housing law for staff of Crosscare.
Our training session gave practical advice and information, with a focus on:
- An overview of housing law and the law relating to homelessness, including relevant fair procedures principles
- Overcoming specific barriers to getting on the housing list – including the local connection test; ownership of property; and requests for evidence proving non-ownership of property
- The application of the law regarding non-nationals accessing the housing list and/or emergency accommodation
The aim of the session was to help attendees deal even more effectively with clients’ housing issues, both directly themselves and in referring to MLRC as is useful for them. In their feedback, attendees noted that the training session will make a large difference in their work, and described the session as “excellent and very useful”, and in particular that the session shed useful light on issues including:
“homeless assessment and how it differs from housing list assessment, how judicial review works”,
“clarification on the eligibility of non-EEA nationals to access housing list/emergency accommodation…[and] European Convention on Human Rights relevance to applications”
“Information regarding the Ombudsman [and] European Convention on Human Rights Article 3 [prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment]”, and “housing circulars”.
If you are interested in organising a training session by MLRC, please contact Danielle on 01 4537459 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be very happy to hear from you and discuss the training that would be most useful for you.
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