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15.11.2017

Housing First Literature: Different Orientations and Political-Practical Arguments

This paper aims to map HF literature from 1990 to 2014 and it is based on 184 publications. The main criterion for including a publication in the database was that it takes as a starting point and/or comments on the original PHF model. The paper answers the following research questions: 1) what are the research types […] Read more...


14.11.2017

Morbidity and mortality in homeless individuals, prisoners, sex workers, and individuals with substance use disorders in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis

This paper reviews morbidity and mortality data on four overlapping populations who experience considerable social exclusion: homeless populations, individuals with substance use disorders, sex workers, and imprisoned individuals. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31869-X/fulltext Read more...


13.11.2017

Chronically Homeless People in Poland: Target Group of the ‘Housing First – Evidence based Advocacy’ Project

This paper by Julia Wygnańska introduces the methodology and results of three studies conducted under the ‘Housing First – Evidence based Advocacy’ project implemented between 2014 and 2016 in Poland (EEA Grant). The aim of the studies was to assess the presence, scale and basic characteristics of the predefined target group of people experiencing long-term homelessness […] Read more...


13.11.2017

The Italian Network for Implementing the ‘Housing First’ Approach

This paper by Teresa Consoli, Caterina Cortese, Paolo Molinari and Anna Zenarolla discusses the changes and initial results of the first year of experimentation of the Housing First approach in Italy. The paper looks into the reasons that moved Italy to embrace this policy, and describes the efforts carried out by fio.PSD (the Italian Federation of Organizations […] Read more...


13.11.2017

Introducing the Housing First Model in Spain: First Results of the Habitat Programme

In this paper Roberto Bernad, Rebeca Yuncal and Sonia Panadero discuss The Habitat Programme, the first systematic implementation of the Housing First (HF) model in Spain. The paper presents its first steps and the difficulties experienced during the kick-off process. The processes of defining profiles and deciding on the selection of users, the referral of users and their placement […] Read more...


13.11.2017

Moving Evidence Into Policy: The Story of the At Home/Chez Soi Initiative’s Impact on Federal Homelessness Policy in Canada and its Implications for the Spread of Housing First in Europe and Internationally

This paper by Eric Macnaughton, Geoffrey Nelson, Paula Goering,and Myra Piat presents a study that aimed to understand the sustainability of the At Home/Chez Soi (AHCS) project with respect to its wider impact on homelessness policy in Canada and internationally. Using a qualitative case study approach with 15 key informant interviews (with project leaders and decision-makers) and […] Read more...


13.9.2017 Go

Mortality and causes of death among homeless in Finland: a 10-year follow-up study

This paper presents the results of a research examining the overall and cause-specific mortality among homeless men in Helsinki and the associations of social background and health service use with mortality. Read more...


8.9.2017 Download

Common ground, complementary approaches: adapting the Housing First model for domestic violence survivors

This article describes the commonalities between the Housing First model and the tenets of domestic violence victim advocacy work and explores how Housing First can be adapted to effectively achieve safe and stable housing for DV survivors and their children. Preliminary evidence for the adapted model – termed Domestic Violence Housing First – is provided, […] Read more...


1.7.2017 Download

Homelessness in the UK: who is most at risk?

A study on causes of homelessness based on three datasets from UK. According to analysis, homeless is not randomly distributed across the population. Structural factors such as housing market conditions and unemployment influences most on those individuals who are at vulnerable state. Poverty, escpecially childhood poverty is central to generation of homelessness. Read more...


13.2.2017 Download

Mending the gaps in social work education and research: two examples from a Swedish context

How gaps between professionals and service user groups in social work practice can be challenged Read more...


30.1.2017 Download

What Happens After the Demonstration Phase?: The Sustainability of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi Housing First Programs for Homeless Persons with Mental Illness

This research examined the sustainability of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi Housing First (HF) programs for homeless persons with mental illness 2 years after the end of the demonstration phase of a large (more than 2000 participants enrolled), five-site, randomized controlled trial. Read more...


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Life goals and gender differences among chronically homeless individuals entering permanent supportive housing

This research seeks to understand goals and the gender differences in goals among men and women who are transitioning into permanent supportive housing. Results identified goal differences in education and general health between men and women that should be taken into account when service providers, policy makers, and advocates are addressing the needs of homeless women. Read more...


20.1.2017 Download

What drives the high health care costs of the homeless?

This research provides a significant economic argument for government intervention to break the cycle of homelessness as the findings reveal significant potential savings to effective interventions for homeless people with diagnosed mental health disorder and long-term rough sleeping. Read more...


20.1.2017 Download

What drives the high health care costs of the homeless?

Higher health care costs of homeless are associated with mental health disorder and long periods of rough sleeping. Read more...


11.1.2017 Download

A Randomized Trial Examining Housing First in Congregate and Scattered Site Formats

Two Housing First formats: scattered and congregete were examined Read more...


1.1.2017 Download

First examination of varying health outcomes of the chronically homeless according to Housing First configuration

Health-related outcomes of two Housing First configurations (scattered site versus congregated site) were compared Read more...


26.10.2016 Download

“Housing First” for Homeless Youth With Mental Illness

Housing First in homeless youth with mental illness improves housing stability relative to usual care. Read more...


20.10.2016 Download

Housing First and Social Integration: A Realistic Aim?

This paper reviews the available research evidence on the extent to which Housing First services are effective in promoting social integration. Existing evidence suggests Housing First is delivering varying results in respect of social integration. Read more...


1.10.2016

Housing First Programs can end Street Homelessness

Abstract: Evidence continues to pile up from the United States, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia that Housing First Programs can end homelessness for people who have been chronically homeless. These programs are not new to Australia. However, they have not been widely funded and where they do exist limited outreach capacity and a […] Read more...


28.9.2016 Download

Housing First, but what comes second? A qualitative study of resident, staff and management perspectives on single-site Housing First program enhancement

Aim of this research was to find improvements to Housing First model by collecting suggestions form staff and residents. Suggestions was divided in three areas: (a) enhancing training and support for staff, (b) increasing residents' access to meaningful activities, and (c) exploring alternate pathways to recovery. Read more...


22.9.2016 Download

The Governance of Inclusive Growth – An Overview of Country Initiatives

Achieving inclusive growth relates closely to how governments work and how policies are designed, implemented, delivered and evaluated. This publication presents an overview of country initiatives concerning inclusive growth in 39 OECD member and partner countries. It was prepared in the context of the OECD Public Governance Ministerial Meetings held in Helsinki, Finland, on 28 […] Read more...


1.9.2016 Download

Individual, Housing, and Neighborhood Predictors of Psychological Integration Among Vulnerably Housed and Homeless Individuals

The current longitudinal study evaluated the individual, housing, and neighborhood characteristics predictive of feeling psychologically integrated within one’s neighborhood among a population of homeless and vulnerably housed individuals. Participants were recruited at homeless shelters, meal programs, and rooming houses  in Ottawa, Canada and participated in three in-person interviews, each approximately 1 year apart. Prospective and […] Read more...


9.5.2016 Download

The role of perceived housing quality and perceived choice to recovery: An ecological perspective on housing first program in Lisbon

This study explores, from an ecological perspective, the relationship between perceived housing quality and the perception of choice, and between perceived choice and recovery of 45 Housing First Lisbon participants. For this purpose, we used a quantitative method and applied three instruments that report perceived housing quality, perceived choice and severe mental illness recovery. The […] Read more...


22.4.2016 Download

Learning to feel at home. Governing homelessness and the politics of affect

The emotional and affective dynamics of homelessness are an established matter of concern in geographical research. Geographers have called attention to homelessness as an embodied phenomenon and to the emotional distress that affects people experiencing homelessness. What has achieved less attention though are the politics of affect that characterize spaces of care. Attempts to make […] Read more...


9.1.2016 Download

Gendering Women’s Homelessness

This paper reviews some of the key literature on homelessness to ascertain the extent to which gender is recognised in explanations of homelessness. What emerges is that current frameworks fail to recognise the depth of inequalities experienced by homeless mothers who are unaccompanied by their children. Read more...


28.9.2015 Download

Testing a Typology of Homelessness Across Welfare Regimes: Shelter Use in Denmark and the USA

This article compares patterns of homeless shelter use in Denmark and the USA. The result support a hypothesis that countries with more extensive welfare systems and lower level of poverty have lower levels of homelessness, mainly amongst those with complex support needs. Countries with less extensive welfare systems homelessness affects broader groups and is more widely associated with poverty and housing affordability problems. Read more...


1.6.2015 Go

Rapid Re-housing: What the Research Says

Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to move homeless families into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Read more...


1.1.2014 Go

Canadian Housing First Toolkit: The At Home/Chez Soi experience

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