Getting comfortable with discomfort. An essential first step in poverty work

Hannah Absalom, a former practitioner of 18 years and now PhD student at the University of Birmingham and co-founder of SHM writes about how the housing sector can best approach furthering their understanding of poverty and their role in recognising, alleviating and preventing it.

In this article Hannah focusus on the first step, which is for people to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable about poverty.

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Social Housing Tenants – Influence Your Future. Call for Independent Research Participation.

PhD Researcher and SHM co-founder Hannah Absalom asks tenants for their opinions on new ways of delivering services to tenants.

The anonymised findings will be used to contribute to academic research, and also a findings report to the sector.

The aim is to ensure tenants influence the future of services that are ultimately supposed to benefit them.

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Thinking, on Poverty

This article reflects on how behavioural insights can contribute to better designed financial interventions for low income tenants. This encourages a shift away from seeing poverty as reflective of character flaws to a focus on the context of poverty.

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