Research & evaluation

Research & evaluation

Browse research from Housing First England, as well as the most recent and relevant studies and service evaluations from other organisations.

Housing First England research

Homeless Link’s Housing First England research programme is designed to learn directly from services about how Housing First is being operationalised in England. We’ll use new evidence gathered to support the development of the sector and help ensure that Housing First is a viable option for all those that need it. There are currently two research projects underway:

1. Understanding the models of Housing First in England

This research explores the variation in the delivery of Housing First in England. We know that services are finding many different ways of delivering the approach in their local contexts in accordance with the principles of Housing First, and this research learns more about this diversity. Specifically, we wanted to find out:

  • What are the different ways that services are providing Housing First in England? 
  • What drives the development of different models of Housing First? 
  • How do different models of Housing First affect the service provided?

Key findings from this research - The picture of housing First in England - have now been published below. The full report will follow in April.

2. The future of commissioning Housing First in England

The research aims to explore how Housing First is being commissioned currently, and to identify future opportunities to diversify the funding of Housing First services across England. The research will consider the following questions:

  • Who is currently commissioning Housing First services in England? 
  • How appropriate is current funding for Housing First services?
  • What new/alternative commissioning arrangements might work for these services?
  • How can we engage new commissioners in supporting Housing First?

If you would like to know more about this research, please contact Research Manager Jennifer Harris at

  • Understanding the models of Housing First in England

    Magnifying glass on books with cut out house on top

    Key findings from our Housing First models research, which outlines current provision and explores variation in delivery of the approach. Published in March 2018.


    The picture of Housing First in England.pdf | 177K

Key policy reports from England

Housing First Feasibility Study for Liverpool City Region, Commissioned by Crisis, 2017 – The study aimed to test the feasibility of implementing Housing First at scale within the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

Housing First: Housing-led Solutions to Rough Sleeping and Homelessness, Centre for Social Justice, 2017 – This report sets out how the Government could end rough sleeping and chronic homelessness and recommends Housing First as the main area for investment.

We can solve poverty in the UK, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2016 – JRF’s strategy sets out recommendations for how to solve poverty, including scaling up Housing First for homeless people with complex needs.

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