Evaluation of Housing First in England

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 - 3:55pm

With funding from Homeless Link's Future Ready Fund and the Greater London Assembly (GLA), an opportunity has arisen to work with service providers and produce an evaluation of eight Housing First projects in England.

Evaluation of Housing First in England
Evaluation of Housing First in England

The Housing First model was developed in the United States and has demonstrated high degrees of success in both housing and supporting those who are chronically street homeless with multiple and complex needs. In the UK the first Housing First pilot was set up in Glasgow in 2010, followed by pilots in London and Newcastle in early 2012. It is founded on the principle of housing being a basic human right and provides permanent accommodation for people straight from the street or those who have experienced repeated homelessness. The model does not require people to address their wider social care and support needs either prior to or whilst in their long term accommodation. People are only required to meet the terms of their tenancy agreement (as would any member of the general public) and are given intensive support to do so which is separate to the housing management function.

With the commencement in Jan 2014 of the Bench Outreach Housing First project in Lewisham, there are now five Housing First projects funded by Homeless Link’s Homelessness Transition Fund. In addition, the Greater London Assembly (GLA), has funded 3 pilots, which finish in March 2015. This offers a unique opportunity to assess the impact of the approach from a number of perspectives. The eight projects are run by seven organisations:

  • Bench Outreach (Lewisham)
  • Brighter Futures (Stoke on Trent & Warrington)
  • Changing Lives (Newcastle)
  • SHP (Redbridge)
  • SHP (Camden, Islington, City of London, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham)
  • St Mungos Broadway (Westminster)
  • Stonepillow (Chichester)
  • Thames Reach (Lambeth, Southwark, Ealing and Tower Hamlets)

The seven organisations have come together, led by Changing Lives, to commission a joint evaluation (funded by Homeless Link’s Future Ready Fund and the GLA).

The evaluation will cover:

  • the effectiveness of the Housing First approach in England both for the individuals accommodated and as part of local Homelessness Prevention Strategies
  • the economic impact on services
  • the psychological and physical impact on the client.

The outputs from this work will be:

  • a written report which will be circulated to funders, commissioners and service providers
  • a dissemination event in December 2014, organised by the five organisations with input from the evaluator

The deadline for expressions of intent is 23 June at 5pm. For more details and how to apply, download the briefing below.

Evaluation of Housing First in England

An opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of 8 Housing First projects in England. 

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Stephen served as our Communications Officer until January 2016.