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 working in England. We are using this new evidence to support the development of the sector and help ensure that Housing First is a viable option for all those that need it. We are currently working on the following research:

1. Exploring social housing for Housing First

This research is designed to help us better understand the challenges that social landlords face in accommodating Housing First residents, and to investigate potential solutions to these challenges. It includes exploring specified accommodation status for Housing First.

2. Building outcomes for Housing First

This participatory research project will involve a small group of Housing First providers to build and test an outcomes framework. The data collected will form part of an English dataset showcasing the outcomes of Housing First.

If you would like to get involved in this research, or to know more, please contact Research Manager Debra Hertzberg.

Recent research

Our recent research includes an investigation into resident support journeys, a study on the impact that Housing First has on communities and a report on understanding the cost effectiveness of Housing First. These are available to download below.

Key policy reports from England

Making Housing First an effective intervention, Homeless Link, 2018 - Recommendations for local and national policy makers to ensure that the necessary support funding, access to housing, and co-ordinated service responses are in place.

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.

International research

For the latest international research and resources, visit the Housing First Europe Hub.

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