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 Housing 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 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 for Housing First services.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more