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The Hub will produce a regular research digest on recent developments in Housing First. Articles and reports will be regularly added to the resource database.


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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...


15.11.2017

Findings from A Fidelity Assessment of a Housing First Programme in a Small Canadian City

This paper presents the findings of a second fidelity assessment of a Housing First programme in a small Canadian city. The evaluation included two components: a) a fidelity assessment by an external team of experts; and b) key informant interviews and focus groups with programme staff to identify contributors to programme areas of high fidelity […] Read more...


14.11.2017

The Finnish Homelessness Strategy – An International Review

This international review covers the whole of the Finnish programme to reduce long-term homelessness implemented during 2008–2011 and 2012–2015, Paavo I and Paavo II. The review looks into the programme as a whole as well as its different aspects from the point of view of implementing the Housing First model in Finnish society. It also describes […] 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...


13.11.2017

Improving Health and Social Integration through Housing First – A Review

This review by Nicholas Pleace and Deborah Quilgars examines the available evidence on the extent to which Housing First services are effective in promoting health and social and economic inclusion. It also consideres the extent to which these supports can be enhanced, and any potential limits to Housing First. http://www.feantsaresearch.org/download/health-and-social-integration6437852015379683856.pdf Read more...


13.11.2017

Integrated approaches to combating poverty and social exclusion – Best practices from EU Member States

This publication of best practices to combat poverty and social exclusion includes Housing First projects from Italy and Denmark. http://www.effectiefarmoedebeleid.nl/files/3614/6668/9668/WEB_93954_EUNL_Brochure_A4.pdf Read more...


13.11.2017

Housing First – Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion

http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1024&newsId=2338&furtherNews=yes In 2016 the Belgium hosted a Social Protection Committee peer review on Housing First with the support of the European Commission as part of the Social Open Method of Coordination.   The final report as well as the different country reports can be found here.   Read more...


13.11.2017

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Confronting Homelessness in the European Union

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52013SC0042&from=EN This Commission Staff Working Document (CSWD) , which is part of a wider Social Investment Package, argues for more urgent concerted action to take preventative measures that can reduce the risk and magnitude of homelessness. The document was published in 2013. Read more...


13.11.2017

Housing First Europe Final Report

http://www.habitat.hu/files/FinalReportHousingFirstEurope.pdf This  final report of the Housing First Europe (HFE) project will provide an overview of HFE, explain the Housing First approach and current debates about it, and present the projects which have participated in HFE as well as some other Housing First projects implemented in Europe which were not partners in the HFE network. […] Read more...


13.11.2017

THIS is Housing First for Youth – A Program Model Guide

  http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/COH-AWH-HF4Y.pdf Read more...


10.11.2017

Passive adaptation or active engagement? The challenges of Housing First internationally and in the Italian case

This paper  by Michele Lancione, Alice Stefanizzi and Marta Gaboardi offers a nuanced and critical understanding of the ambiguities related to the international success of this policy, with specific references to the challenges associated to its translation in the Italian case. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318027576_Passive_adaptation_or_active_engagement_The_challenges_of_Housing_First_internationally_and_in_the_Italian_case Read more...


3.11.2017 Download

Evaluatie Housing First

An evaluation of HF4Y in The Netherlands (in Dutch). Read more...


13.10.2017

Housing First

The report by Nicholas Pleace describes what Housing First is, how it works, explores the evidence base and then discusses the case for the wider use of Housing First in France. http://www.feantsaresearch.org/download/housing_first_pleace3790695452176551843.pdf 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...


13.9.2017 Download

Care et recovery : jusqu’où ne pas décider pour autrui ? L’exemple du programme « Un chez-soi d’abord » Care and recovery. Letting someone decide for him/ herself: To which extent? The “Housing-first program” in France

Taking the example of the "Housing First Program" in France, the paper analyses the difficulties this form of care meets. Read more...


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Women and Homelessness in Canada – A brief review of the literature

This report aims to address several topics. First, it discusses the opportunities related to the expansion of research at the OBM. This should help to situate the document in terms of the work done at the Old Brewery Mission. Next, it will present a background on the scale and scope of homelessness in Canada including a brief […] 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...


11.7.2017 Go Download

Housing First Feasibility Study for Liverpool City Region

The study aimed to test the feasibility of implementing Housing First at scale within the Liverpool City Region Read more...


7.7.2017 Go

Could Critical Time Intervention work in England?

Description of Critical Time Intervention (CTI) model. 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...


29.6.2017 Download

Passive adaptation or active engagement? The challenges of Housing First internationally and in the Italian case

Overview of the challenges of the implementation of the Housing First internationally and in the Italian case Read more...


29.6.2017

Oser le logement pour une sortie rapide et durable du sans-abrisme

Tedx talk on Housing First by Coralie Buxant.   Les sans-abri les plus fragiles (santé mentale/toxicomanie) ne parviennent que difficilement à franchir les étapes successives du processus classique d’insertion. Housing First propose une alternative: l’accès immédiat et inconditionnel au logement, depuis la rue, avec un accompagnement pluridisciplinaire intensif adapté. L’expérimentation d’innovation sociale Housing First Belgium […] Read more...


1.6.2017 Download

Limerick Youth Housing Project Evaluation Report

The innovative project is a collaboration between Focus Ireland, Tusla and Limerick City and Council, with the aim of providing homes for vulnerable young people along with vital support to help them sustain their tenancies as they make the transition into adulthood. The independent evaluation was carried out by Eilis Lawlor & Niamh Bowen from the UK based 'Just Economics.' Read more...


4.5.2017 Go

Housing First in England – The Principles

The key principles required for designing and delivering Housing First in England Read more...




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