In 2020, for one year only, the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference and Europe's largest housing festival goes virtual!

Housing 2020: the virtual festival will encompass all the best components of Housing from your own choice of venue – problem solving, best practice, helping each other and the opportunity to share.

This must-attend event for local authorities, housing associations, key partners and suppliers, government, housebuilders, and developers, will take place from 7-11 September 2020.

While we cannot all unite under one roof at this time, we can unite virtually for one purpose – to discuss, debate, partner, learn and improve the lives of the people we house at a time when the sector most needs leadership, support and collaboration.

What's available for tenants and residents at Housing 2020: The Virtual Festival

During Housing 2020: the virtual festival, we are keen to ensure that tenants and residents have an opportunity to engage with the sector and are therefore holding tenants question time (and a virtual social) on the first three evenings of the event.

Socials run from 17:15-18:00 and themed tenants question time sessions take part from 19:00-19:45.

Topics for tenant’s question time include:

• Monday 7 September – building better communities

• Tuesday 8 September – tackling inequalities

• Wednesday 9 September – collaboration

Each event will have a guest speaker and will offer plenty of time for Q&A.


Tenants are also invited to attend two further sessions, including a See the Person session to launch a toolkit to tackle the stigma against people living in social housing:

In addition to this on the main conference programme, there are two sessions which are available for tenants and residents to attend should they so choose. These are:

Tuesday 8 September, 16:15-17:15
Why housing needs to understand economic abuse

Economic abuse is an aspect of ‘coercive control’ – a pattern of controlling, threatening and degrading behaviour that restricts a victims’ freedom. It is important for housing professionals to understand the dynamics of economic abuse as they have a key role in identifying and supporting victims.

An expert panel will provide best practice advice and guidance.

• Gudrun Burnet, chief executive, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence
• Stephanie Orr, policy officer - housing, Surviving Economic Abuse
• Sarah Davidge, research and evaluation manager, Women's Aid

Thursday 10 September, 10:30-11:30
It’s not okay – how can we avoid housing providers’ and workers’ language, behaviour and service delivery from creating and reinforcing stigma

This session will explore how the housing sector itself can tackle the stigma, with the launch of a toolkit developed by See the Person and CIH. It will provide the opportunity for housing professionals to think about what they do and how, their behaviour and language, to make sure that they do not demonstrate, create or reinforce stigma against people living in social housing.

Chair: Sarah Davis, CIH

We’d be delighted if you could join us. To register for your free place simply click here to visit the website and register for your free tenant place.

If you would like any further information or help to register, please email us at or call us on 03333 204 555.