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About Housing First

What is Housing First?

Housing First is a housing and support approach which:

  • Gives people who have experienced homelessness and chronic health and social care needs a stable home from which to rebuild their lives.
  • Provides intensive, person-centred, holistic support that is open-ended.
  • Places no conditions on individuals; however, they should desire to have a tenancy.

The Housing First approach was first developed in New York by Pathways to HousingĀ in 1992. It has since been widely adopted in the USA and become central to the national homelessness strategies in Canada, Denmark, Finland and France, demonstrating widespread success.

In England, since 2010, a growing number of local areas have established Housing First services to meet and identified need.

Housing First ends homelessless for 70-90% of people,
according to evidence from across the world.

The Principles for Housing First in England

The Principles for England, published by Homeless Link in November 2016, are based on the evidence initially gathered by Pathways to Housing in the USA, and are aligned with the core principles in the FEANTSA Housing First Guide Europe.

Read more about the Housing First principles
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Wayne's Story

We have produced specific guidance for housing providers, commissioners and service providers

Housing First for housing providers

We have produced and compiled a set of up-to-date, practical guidance and resources to support housing providers to provide properties forĀ Housing First services.

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Housing First for commissioners

We have produced and compiled a set of up-to-date guidance and practical resources to support the commissioning of successful Housing First services. You may also be interested in our research reports.

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Housing First for service providers

We have produced and compiled a set of up-to-date, practical guidance and resources to support the delivery of successful Housing First services.

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Alex Smith

Senior National Practice Development Project Manager (Housing First Lead)

Alex is a Senior National Practice Development Project Manager leading Housing First England.