Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2017

Find out more about the Exchange and read reports from past years

The Transatlantic Practice Exchange is an exciting opportunity for frontline homelessness staff to spend a fortnight in the United States, exploring different practice topics and sharing this learning on their return. Thanks to support from the Oak Foundation there will be another Exchange  in 2018, in partnership with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Five participants from the UK will complete funded placements, and services here will volunteer to host five people from the US.

In addition to sharing new approaches to ending homelessness, the Exchange aims to develop future leaders. Participants work for homelessness charities at senior support worker/junior manager or similar level, and can be based in any UK country. Our aim is to involve people who would not normally get the opportunity to study and travel as part of their job. You don't need academic qualifications or research experience to apply - this project is about changing frontline practice, so we look for skills and commitment as a practitioner, and support from your organisation to turn learning into practice

The 2017 UK participants were:

  • Alex Smith from Changing Lives, Newcastle, exploring how a critical time intervention approach can inform support interventions on high risk transitions such as prison discharge, hosted by Brilliant Corners, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Michael Corbishley from SHP, London, looking at the potential to use critical time intervention across a range of client groups and in tandem with other approaches such as PIE, hosted by CUCS, New York City, NY.
  • Ruth Wallbank from VOICES, Stoke, examining how a strengths-based approach that starts from an underlying principle of client empowerment can enable systems change, hosted by Community Rebuilders, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Sam Forsdike from C4WS Homeless Project, London, looking at what kind of support for both clients and employers can improve access to employment, hosted by Heartland Alliance, Chicago, IL.
  • Louisa Steele from St Mungo’s, London, exploring how Housing First works with chronically homeless women to promote safety and build resilience, hosted by Downtown Women's Centre, Los Angeles, CA.

The 2017 US participants and their hosts were:

  • Daniel Auflick from Matt Urban Hope Center, Buffalo NY, researching how social enterprises serve people experiencing homelessness, hosted by Providence Row in London.
  • Isabel Kindberg from My Friend’s Place, Los Angeles CA, looking at how permanent social connections interact with the cycle of youth homelessness, hosted by 1625 Independent People in Bristol.
  • Nicole Bramstedt from Urban Pathways, New York City NY, studying how engagement with landlords enables access to the private rented sector, hosted by Crisis in London and Edinburgh.
  • Tyler Harmon from Friendship Place, Washington DC, looking at strategies and services for LGBT homeless youth, hosted by Albert Kennedy Trust in London.
  • Wendy Scott from Greensboro Urban Ministry, Greensboro NC, examining complex needs and collaborative working within the MEAM approach, hosted by Fulfilling Lives in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Download their reports below, and look out for further details in October about the next Exchange.

Applications for 2018 will open in November.

Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2017 reports

The Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2017 reports bring together learning and reflections from participants' placements with US and UK homelessness services. The UK group covered Housing First for Women, Employment, Strengths Based Practice and Critical Time Intervention. The US group explored Employment, Youth Homelessness, Engaging the PRS, LGBT+ Support for Youth, and Systems Change for Chronic Homelessness.


Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2016 reports

In 2016 ten frontline staff from the UK and US took part in the Transatlantic Practice Exchange, completing a two-week placement focused on good practice in homelessness services. In these reports the participants share their learning and observations on how the two countries support people experiencing homelessness, what practice can be transferred, and how their approach has changed since their return.


Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2014

Reports from 10 frontline professionals on an international exchange of knowledge and practice. Exchanges took place between May and July 2014, with participants spending up to two weeks on placement with their hosts and other local organisations.


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Tasmin Maitland

Head of innovation and good practice

Tasmin leads our innovation and good practice team, managing a range of projects including guidance, the Transatlantic Practice Exchange and the Hostels Action Learning series.

Telephone: 020 7840 4451
Twitter: @Tasmin_IGP