An address is no longer just a location - it's now a de facto means of identification. This means that if a person becomes homeless they are immediately cut off from the basic services they need to recover. The ability to apply for jobs, receive benefits, open a bank account, receive post: all are placed out of reach at the point they are needed most. Those who might have otherwise got back on their feet with a little early support are instead left to become entrenched in the situation and develop more complex and care-intensive needs over time.
ProxyAddress provides a stable address throughout this period of instability. Using existing data, we create and provide a consistent 'proxy' address that can be used to access services regardless of location or how often you move.
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Chris is an award-winning architect originally from Liverpool, now living in London. He believes that good design should benefit everyone and so created ProxyAddress to tackle the systemic issues faced by those marginalised by our cities. Through his design studio, Hildrey Studio, he has spoken on television, radio, and in the Houses of Parliament about the role of design and the arts to effect positive social change.
Cat is Chief Design Officer at Design Council and has extensive expertise in combining policy making and design. She has previously spent 12 years in government, working across the Home Office, Cabinet office, and No.10, as well as working at UsCreates, now part of FutureGov. Cat has a great eye for seeing how design can transform organisations in a way that makes sense and brings everyone along together.
Tom is a London Assembly Member and Chair of the Housing Committee. He has raised concerns about the lack of housing supply across all types of the private rented sector and the increase in rough sleeping. In 2016 he published Tax Trial which called on the Mayor to seek powers from government to trial a Land Value Tax in part of London. He is also a local councillor in Lewisham representing Sydenham ward.
Chris is Head of Housing at Crisis, leading on the funding and support for organisations who are using the Private Rented Sector as a housing option for homeless people. Within the wider role of Crisis as the UK's national charity for homeless people, Chris has valuable insight into campaigning, lobbying government, undertaking research, and providing all-round support to those facing homelessness.
Jeff is Director at Cast Consultancy and previously led the Housing Strategy and Programmes Team at Lewisham Council. His work has included enabling a range of innovative and award-winning approaches to construction and off-site manufacture, and to enabling community-led development. He is passionate about using innovation to address our most pressing problems in the built environment.
Martin is a Commissioner at the Financial Inclusion Commission - an independent body of experts established to champion financial inclusion as a public policy priority. Previously, Martin was Head of Partnerships at the Financial Conduct Authority where he created its consumer vulnerability and financial inclusion programmes, as well as its model for engaging with consumer and civil society organisations.
We're proud to have a range of partners and supporters across the charity, private, and public sectors - each of whom help to further our mission of creating fair access to support for all. These include:
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For a more in-depth look at the award-winning research behind ProxyAddress you can read the white paper. The paper describes the context, interviews, and theory behind ProxyAddress. Click on the image above to download.