About Housing First England

About Housing First England

Homeless Link’s Housing First England project has been created to develop and support a national movement of Housing First services across England. Following a scoping exercise of the use of the approach across the country, we found that services varied in both delivery and sustainability. 

To meet our aims of increasing and sustaining the use of Housing First in England, our project is being delivered in three ways.


  • Establish the principles for delivering Housing First in England
  • Work locally and nationally to promote, build and support a movement
  • Encourage culture change across voluntary and statutory services throughout the sector
  • Facilitate a strategic advisory group and high-level roundtables to address systematic barriers to delivering and sustaining Housing First services


  • Support the delivery, evaluation and replication of the Housing First model
  • Enable good practice and learning to be shared through training, events and regional networks
  • Put the views of people living in Housing First accommodation at the heart of our work
  • Produce guidance and other information


  • Build an evidence base for the approach in England, including its cost-effectiveness
  • Undertake research to fill the evidence gaps relating to individuals’ demographics and outcomes 
  • Evaluate and share a range of service and funding models

Housing First England, which began in 2016, was made possible for the first three years with funding from Lankelly Chase and Comic Relief.

The project is now funded and made possible by Comic Relief and Nationwide Foundation and delivered in partnership with Crisis. 

We are also pleased to be a member of the newly established Housing First Europe hub.

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  • Housing First England's policy paper

    Homeless Link is calling on local and national policy makers to work with us to ensure the necessary support funding, access to housing, and co-ordinated service responses are in place to make Housing First a successful intervention.


    Making Housing First Effective.pdf | 220K

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