Campaign to scale up Housing First

Campaign to scale up Housing First

With post-lockdown planning underway, and major new investment in move-on housing and support on the horizon, now is the time to make Housing First available to all who need it and end rough sleeping.

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"We know that Housing First works; people engage with it in a way they don't with other services. It has a clear role to play in building on the successes and momentum of the Government's 'Everyone In' initiative during the COVID-19 lockdown."

Victoria Stirling, South Yorkshire Housing Association

On 15 July, a group of 12 organisations representing social landlords, local authorities and the wider homelessness sector came together to issue a joint statement calling on Government and social housing providers to help make this happen.

As members of Housing First England's Housing Advisory Group, the group is demanding a long-term, cross-departmental investment in support and housing to deliver high fidelity Housing First in England  and commits to support the Government to do so.

We're calling on social housing providers across England to support of the scale-up of Housing First and add their voices to our demands.

We call on the Government to:

  1. Commit to long-term funding for the support services needed to enable 16,500 Housing First tenancies over the current Government term.
  2. Ensure there is a supply of suitable homes to meet the scale of need for Housing First and wider housing-led provision to tackle homelessness.

It calls on housing providers to support the expansion of Housing First by:

  1. Working with commissioners through housing and homelessness partnerships to understand the scale of need locally and agree an allocation of tenancies for commissioned Housing First services.
  2. Making the case for a long-term funding framework for sustainable support provision.
  3. Working jointly between Local Authorities and Housing Associations to increase flexibility in allocations practices outside of usual procedures and using a person-centred approach.
  4. Adopting and sharing learning and practice on the delivery of homes for high fidelity Housing First.

The campaign to scale up Housing First was launched by:

The campaign is supported by:

Paul Wright, Director of Specialist Support, Accord Housing Association

Jon Parsons, Director, Ark Housing Trust

Dave Fullen, Director of Customer and Estate Services, Berneslai Homes

Helena Evans, Chief Executive, Brighter Futures

Michael Newey, Chief Executive, Broadland Housing Group

Mario Carrozzo, Group CEO, Caridon Property

Steve Slater, Interim Chief Executive, Cheltenham Borough Homes

Harriet Bosnell, Director of Health, Care & Support, Curo

Jackie Bliss, Chief Executive, HARP

Sinead Cregan, Director of Development and Innovation, Inspire North

Mark Simms, Chief Executive, P3

Ian Swift, Head of Housing Solutions, Southwark Council

Steph Wood, Head of Supported Housing, Sovereign

Lawrence Santcross,Chief Executive, Transform Housing & Support

Trevor Fothergill, Chief Executive, Windrush Housing Association

Shaun Aldis, Chief Executive, Wolverhampton Homes

 

Support the campaign

It's time to show Government that the sector is behind Housing First. If you are a housing provider register your support here to add your name to our campaign.

 

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