Around 100 delegates gathered at the University of Strathclyde to discuss poverty, housing and homelessness issues.

The seminar was co-hosted by Turning Point Scotland and the Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute’s new Centre for Health Policy, University of Strathclyde.

Deborah Padgett, Professor of Social Work and Global Public Health at New York University delivered the keynote, ‘There’s no place like home; housing first and systems change’.

Professor Padgett has a wealth of experience doing qualitative research on homelessness in New York City, including two major studies on service engagement and examining mental health issues in individuals experiencing homelessness.  This included assessing the impact of ‘Pathways to Housing’, the original Housing First model now adapted by Turning Point Scotland in Glasgow.

As well as being the first Housing First project to be developed in the UK, it was one of the first internationally to explicitly target homelessness people involved in active drug misuse.

Others speakers at the event included, Professor Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde, Martin Cawley (Turning Point Scotland), Eric Steele (Glasgow City Council) and Marion Gibbs (Scottish Government).

A number of local authorities, health professionals and housing associations working to tackle homelessness attended the event.

The event is part of the new Centre for Health Policy International Seminar Series and Deborah’s visit is part of a wider trans-Atlantic partnership being developed between the SIPPI Centre for Health Policy, University of Strathclyde and New York University on health and housing, poverty and public health.



Click here to view the biography of Deborah K. Padgett, Professor of Social Work and Global Public Health at New York University

Turning Point Scotland press contact – Andy Dewar, 0141 427 9425.

University of Strathclyde press contact – Lachlan MacKinnon