Housing First England

The Housing First England project has been working to support and grow a national movement of Housing First services since 2016, improving the lives of some of society's most vulnerable people.

Housing First England aims to:

  • Identify and produce practical solutions to the barriers to implementing Housing First at scale.
  • Create the optimum political and operational foundations for a national roll-out of Housing First.
  • Support organisations to create and develop excellent Housing First services in line with the Principles for Housing First in England.
  • To grow the evidence for the efficacy of Housing First across a range of housing markets, commissioning arrangements and sectors.
  • To promote Housing First as one of a wider range of housing led solutions that can help to end homelessness.

In 2019, Homeless Link was joined by Crisis to deliver the current stage of the project.

Join our campaign to scale up Housing First

In July 2020, as COVID-19 lockdown transition planning continues, 12 organisations representing social landlords, local authorities and the homelessness sector came together to issue a joint statement calling on Government and social housing providers to help make Housing First available for all those who need it.

The group is demanding a long-term, cross-departmental investment in support and housing to deliver high fidelity Housing First in England and commits to support the Government to do so.

Find out more and sign up to the campaign.

Visit the Housing First England website

The Housing First England website brings together the most practical and up to date information and resources on Housing First, and shares the stories of residents, which demonstrate the real impact of this accommodation model.

Visit hfe.homeless.org.uk to find out more.

Get involved

We are keen to hear from you, whether you are already delivering Housing First in England, planning a new project, or are interested in finding out more. Keep up to date with our news or get in touch:

Housing First England is made possible with funding from Comic ReliefThe Nationwide Foundation and Crisis.

Housing First in England - The Principles

We have developed the principles required for commissioning, designing and delivering a Housing First service in England, to support a national Housing First movement and ensure that positive client outcomes are achieved.