In the Autumn 2017 Budget, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced the launch of a regional Housing First pilot programme, with £28 million of funding.
The scheme aims to develop the evidence base on delivering Housing First at scale in England by funding, and robustly evaluating, three pilots in the Greater Manchester, Liverpool and West Midlands combined authority regional areas, with a view to informing future decisions.
The extensive evaluation programme, which captures learning about the delivery of the pilots as well as their impact, is being undertaken by a consortium of research organisations. Homeless Link is part of this consortium; reviewing each pilot’s fidelity to the key principles over time and helping to develop a practical toolkit, from evidence collected, on setting up and delivering Housing First at scale.
We view the programme as an excellent opportunity to support greater numbers of people while increasing understanding of how we can best expand Housing First across the country.
This page collates the key publications relating to the pilots.
Mobilising Housing First toolkit: from planning to early implementation, February 2021: Aims to provide information for those looking to implement Housing First at a local or regional level. It is based largely on experience and practice observed through the evaluation of the pilot programme, and will be updated as further learning and good practice emerges.