Housing First programs are one of the most researched social policy interventions of all time, and they are the most effective mechanism for supporting people with complex support needs out of homelessness―the very people who are most likely to sleep rough. But, even as we celebrate our achievement of getting more and more Housing First programs running all across Europe, we also see the total number of people experiencing homelessness continuing to rise in many countries. To achieve our objective of ending homelessness, we need to take a step back and think more deeply about how our Housing First programs relate to our overall response to housing and homelessness.
This paper complements the Demos Helsinki framework paper and is designed to share exciting developments and inspire change. Based on interviews with advocates and policymakers across 16 countries, the examples presented in the report bring to life the challenges and opportunities that Housing First can provide and has been delivering so far. Being well aware that we are far from achieving the goal, this report is designed to inspire, encourage continual learning, and drive the change that is needed to end homelessness across Europe.
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