Housing First

Housing First is one of the most important innovations in tackling homelessness. It’s exactly as it’s named: house first, then wrap around any other support that might be required. This is particularly important for those who’ve been sleeping rough for some time with complex needs, such as managing drug and alcohol addiction or mental health needs.

The approach is international evidence-based and uses independent, stable housing as a stepping stone to allow individuals who are experiencing multiple disadvantage to begin recovery and move away from homelessness.

The model provides intensive, flexible and open-ended support. And existing evidence from across Europe has shown that it’s a model which has successfully ended homelessness for at least eight out of every ten people who’ve been supported. *

Find out how Housing First works at Sovereign

* Housing First England, November 2018