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What's the future of Community Investment?

by Sally Thomas - on 27/10/2016

Community Investment strategies are now changing considerably. HACT's Director of Communities talks to 15 housing associations to see what's going on in the sector and what needs to be done to succeed in these challenging times.

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End of an innovative era

by Matt Leach - on 26/10/2016

In December, I’m going to be leaving the housing world to join community funder Local Trust, after five amazing and enjoyable years heading up HACT, the housing sector’s in-house ideas and innovation agency.

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Better inform your service planning decisions with new data on the prevalence of loneliness

by OCSI - on 06/09/2016

Loneliness affects over 1 million older people in the UK, with very high associated health costs. Reducing loneliness among older people can result in fewer visits to the doctors, lower use of medication, fewer days in hospital and fewer admissions to nursing homes. The new data from Age UK helps focus resources to those areas known to have a higher prevalence of loneliness.

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The problem with housing and data

by Matt Leach - on 11/07/2016

In an adapted version of his Housing Conference 2016 presentation on housing and data, our Chief Executive Matt Leach tries to pin down why the housing sector is so indifferent to the power of big data.

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How to investigate the bottom line

by Christina Knudsen - on 28/06/2016

As our Community Investment and Bottom Line research project concludes, our Data Scientist Christina Knudsen reflects on the project and the initial key findings.

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Mapping your assets

by David King - on 23/06/2016

HACT's Social Impact Adviser David King talks about how Community Insight can be used to effectively identify and map assets.

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A basic need: affordable housing and mental health

by Ian Bradshaw - on 08/06/2016

In this blog, originally published on the Centre for Mental Health website, Ian Bradshaw reflects on the role of affordable housing for people with mental health problems and presents the findings from two works recently published by the Centre: the ‘More than Shelter’ report and the ‘Briefing 49: a basic need’.

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Are we doing the right thing to help people with Hoarding Disorder?

by Peter Molyneux - on 03/06/2016

Hoarding is now recognised to be one of the most common mental health disorders affecting between 1% and 5% of the adult population. Peter Molyneux, our partner from Common Cause Consulting, invites housing providers to engage in the discussion addressing Hoarding Disorder in a more comprehensive and innovative way.

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Building the case for housing as supporting a good old age

by Meredith Fendt-Newlin, Michelle Cornes, Jill Manthorpe and Jo Moriarty - on 02/06/2016

The group of researchers from the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London introduce the newly published ’Living well in old age. The value of UK housing interventions in supporting mental health and wellbeing in later life' report commissioned by HACT on behalf of a group of six social housing providers.

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App-based mapping in housing

by Matt Leach - on 23/05/2016

Taken from May's edition of Housing Technology, our Chief Executive Matt Leach discusses the benefits of online mapping software to the housing sector.

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