Homeless Link’s Housing First England research programme is designed to learn directly from services about how Housing First operates in England. We are using this new evidence to continue to develop services, to strengthen the relationship between these providers and the related services working with them to support residents, and to ensure that Housing First is a viable option for all those that need it.
We are conducting research to explore the long-term outcomes and impact of Housing First, relating to health, social care, criminal justice, substance use and beyond. Services will receive a survey in July and responses will be invaluable in helping us to build the evidence base for a cross-departmental national Housing First programme. A peer-research element is being led by Expert Link.
Reducing, Changing or Ending Housing First Support
On 30 November we published our research exploring: Reducing, Changing or Ending Housing First Support. We commissioned Imogen Blood & Associates and the University of York to undertake research into effective ways for Housing First services to respond when someone's support needs change, with the findings providing key insights and reccomendations for Housing First services in good practice in reducing or ending support. The full report and executive summary can be found below.
On 3 December 2020 we published our Picture of Housing First in England 2020 research, which outlines current provision and explores variation in delivery of the approach, updating a similar survey from 2017. The headline infographic report and full report are available to download below, along with the 2017 findings.
Other recently published research includes a briefing exploring the relationship between social landlords and Housing First, with an appendix on the use of Specified Accommodation Status, and an investigation into resident support journeys. These are available to download below.