We have signed a joint statement with Housing First England, the National Federation of ALMOs, Crisis and others, to call for investment in Housing First to be included in the government’s plans for national recovery.
We are asking the government for sustainable funding to ensure that Housing First can be part of the wider plans to end rough sleeping nationally and ensure no return to rough sleeping for those affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Housing First puts homes at the core of supporting homeless people. The approach focuses on people with high support needs and histories of repeat homelessness and is centred around supporting these people to live in their own homes. The idea puts housing at the start of the recovery process, by providing someone with a base and then centring the support around that.
From the beginning of this year, we have been part of a social housing provider advisory panel on Housing First, which is facilitated by Housing First England. As part of our involvement in this panel, we have been making the case for secure funding for Housing First and what will make this approach work for housing associations.
We are asking for housing associations and local authorities to support the expansion of Housing First at a local level by:
A number of NHF members are running Housing First programmes and there is interest in exploring this approach.
We will continue to make the case for long-term support funding to make the approach viable. We have also contributed to research on Housing First and guidance on Housing First for social housing providers in partnership with Housing First England, which will be available later this year.