Close to Home: Delivering a national Housing First programme in England


Housing First is an effective way of tackling and preventing rough sleeping for people whose homelessness is compounded by serious mental health issues, drug or alcohol dependency, or a history of trauma. It does this by providing ordinary settled housing alongside intensive, person-centered support. The Government has recognised the role Housing First can play in tackling rough sleeping, with £28 million invested in three city region Housing First pilots and a commitment to further roll out.

Our report Close to Home makes the case for a national Housing First programme, and draws on recent learning to map out what this should entail.

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