Broadland is a member of the Homes for Cathy Group, a national alliance of housing associations dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of homeless people. The Homes for Cathy group works with the National Housing Federation, Shelter, Crisis and other groups campaigning for homeless people.
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Broadland is working to meet 9 commitments for Homes for Cathy, which are helping to shape and develop our policies and practices on ending homelessness.
- 2018-2022 – See our Homelessness Impact Report and Annual Reviews to find out more about how we have been tackling homelessness in the East
- 2019 – Sponsored Creative Matters – Living with Homelessness – a month-long creative arts programme at the Theatre Royal Norwich.
- 2018 – Sponsored a performance by Cardboard Citizens in Norwich Cathedral. Priority Need was a contemporary sequel to Cathy Come Home and was part of a programme of events at the cathedral to highlight local homelessness, including an address at Choral Matins by Michael Newey.
- 2016 – Homes for Cathy was formed in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the influential Ken Loach film, Cathy Come Home. The film led to a public outcry about homelessness, and the formation of housing associations, initially run by volunteers. Many have since become large providers of badly-needed affordable homes. In November 2016, Broadland hosted a special screening of Cathy Come Home, followed by a panel debate chaired by The Rt. Rev. Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich, with local council and homelessness charity representatives.