The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ending Homelessness has launched a report on its inquiry into what is needed to scale up Housing First nationally. The NHF submitted evidence to the inquiry, based on research it carried out with housing associations that deliver Housing First. The NHF supports the report’s broad recommendations. The recommendations for government are:
- Commit to scaling up Housing First nationally in England and making it the default option of support for people with multiple serious needs that compound their homelessness.
- Use the autumn Spending Review to secure further funding for the three city-region pilots and commit to expanding it to other regions with the highest need.
- Work with people with direct experience of Housing First to inform and shape services.
- Pledge sustainable funding for Housing First services across England.
- Drive cross-departmental collaboration and cooperation across the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Communities, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Department of Health and Social Care by implementing a national Housing First Director.
- Establish specific provision of services for people at higher risk of homelessness and rough sleeping, including for women and survivors of domestic abuse.
- Underpin efforts to scale up Housing First in England with a commitment to deliver additional social housing.
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