Homelessness in London in a time of crisis

Hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (Executive Office) and LSE London

In-person and online public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


Pam Orchard

Pam Orchard

Dr Maria-Christina Vogkli

Dr Maria-Christina Vogkli

Professor Christine Whitehead

Professor Christine Whitehead

Dr Jennifer Wynter

Dr Jennifer Wynter


Dr Nancy Holman

Dr Nancy Holman


Dr Nancy Holman

Manny Hothi

London accounts for around 60% of all households in temporary accommodation in England and over a quarter of those who are sleeping rough. Households also stay in temporary accommodation for much longer. In this debate we will be looking at the reasons why the situation has worsened; the consequences for individuals facing homelessness; the consequences for London’s local authorities; and the impact of proposed policy changes.

Meet our speakers and chair

Pam Orchard has worked in the homelessness sector since 2003 has been the Chief Executive of The Connection at St Martin’s since 2017, leading an ambitious strategy and introducing a new approach to the charity’s services. 

Maria-Christina Vogkli holds a PhD in Sociology from LSE where she currently serves as Research Officer and Guest Teacher. Her research interests include homelessness, inequalities, care ethics and care work, cities and ethnography. 

Christine Whitehead is Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics at the LSE and a Deputy Director of LSE London.  She has worked on the interface between academic research and practical politics throughout her career and is currently one of the specialist advisers tor the House of Commons Select Committee on Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Her latest research with colleagues and Savills The Supply of Private Rented Sector Accommodation in London which addresses relevant issues  was published in July.   

Jennifer Wynter is Assistant Director of Benefits and Housing Needs service at the London Borough of Hackney. Responsible for homelessness prevention, procurement, management and maintenance of temporary accommodation, rough sleeping and associated commissioning for supported accommodation provision for those with complex needs and the administration of Housing Benefits and Income Maximisation. 

Manny Hothi (@Hothi) has been Chief Executive of Trust for London since 2021, having previously been director of policy. He has lots of experience of working with low-income communities across the country and is passionate about a range of social issues related to life in low-income communities, and poverty more broadly.

Nancy Holman is the director of Planning Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment and a member of LSE London. Her research focuses on landuse regulation and housing policy.

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