Introducing Housing First
Housing First is an evidence-based approach to successfully supporting homeless people with high needs and histories of entrenched repeat homelessness, enabling them to live in their own homes. It’s been widely adopted across the US and is central to the national homelessness strategies in Canada, Denmark, Finland and France. Other countries including Italy, Sweden and Spain are also looking at the model. In the UK it’s popularity has grown and, as a result, there are successful pilot schemes taking place in Newcastle, London, the Midlands, Greater Manchester, on the South Coast and in Wales and Scotland. We’re delighted to be involved.
We currently provide Housing First services in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.
‘The overall philosophy of Housing First is to provide a stable, independent home and intensive personalised support and case management to homeless people with multiple and complex needs. Housing is seen as a human right. There are no conditions around ‘housing readiness’ before providing someone with a home; rather, secure housing is viewed as a stable platform from which other issues can be addressed. The model is different model because it provides housing ‘first’, as a matter of right, rather than ‘last’ or as a reward’. (Homeless Link 2018)
There are seven principles for Housing First in England and these are:
- People have a right to a home
- Flexible support is provided for as long as it’s needed
- Housing and support are separated
- Individuals have choice and control
- An active engagement approach is used
- The service is based on people’s strengths, goals and aspirations
- A harm reduction approach is used
Would you like to know more?
We’ve included some useful links if you’d like to learn more about Housing First:
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If it wasn’t for the help I received I would not be where I am today, so I’m very grateful to Two Saints and all the help and support I get.