Systems Change and Housing First

Housing First is more than just an approach to help people experiencing homelessness, it is the key to unlocking broader systems’ change to prevent and end homelessness across Europe.


  • More courage is needed to upscale Housing First worldwide – Juha Kahila

    “International statistics on homelessness are grim. What is needed now is more courage to try different housing solutions and the ability to think outside the box.” – Juha Kahila…

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  • “Housing First – one or many?” by Juha Kaakinen

    Since 2008, the Housing First principle has been the cornerstone of Finnish strategy and policy to end homelessness. In Finland, Housing First is first and foremost a systemic model,…

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  • WEBINAR: Housing First and the Criminal Justice System

    Housing First participants often have co-occurring involvement with the criminal justice system, but the nature of the intersection between housing and criminal justice is not well understood. In this…

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    WEBINAR: Sourcing housing for Housing First and different solutions

    The Housing First model cannot be implemented without housing. There are challenges in housing availability around the world. There is enthusiasm and will to take the model forward, but a shortage of housing can slow things down. What is needed is to take… Check it out here

    Category: | Housing
  • WEBINAR: Using the EU structural funds to Finance Housing First – Roundtable Discussion

    On 9th June 2022, the Hub held a roundtable discussion on how to use the European Structural Funds to finance Housing First projects and services. We heard from experts in different European countries about their experience with using the Structural Funds for Housing First, as well as the challenges… Check it out here

  • WEBINAR: Slices of P.I.E – Housing First practice in psychologically-informed environments

    Ger Spillane, Regional Services Manager – Mid-West and South-West at Focus Ireland, Gary Neil, Assistant Director at Rock Trust, and Niall Keane, Services Manager at Focus Ireland discuss Housing First practice in the context of a psychological-informed environment (P.I.E), sharing insights from working with Housing First practitioners in Scotland… Check it out here
    Category: | Trauma-informed Care
  • WEBINAR: HF4Y Rock Trust Pilot Evaluation – International Perspectives

    Kate Polson, CEO of Rock Trust, Lisa O’Brien, Project Leader for Focus Ireland, and Melanie Redman, Co-Founder, President & CEO of A Way Home/Vers Chez Soi discuss the realities of providing a successful Housing First for Youth service, including ensuring fidelity to #HF4Y core principles as well as working… Check it out here
    Category: | Families
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    WEBINAR: Housing First & Women

    Continuing our work to highlight the specific needs of women experiencing homelessness, join us for this co-hosted webinar as part of the international webinar series on Housing First that we are running together with the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN‐COI). This webinar will examine research… Check it out here
  • WEBINAR: Let’s keep the good stuff! Lessons from Covid19 policies and the importance of Housing First-led homeless responses

    A year on from the launch of our advocacy webinar series, we looked at the results of our survey on different experiences of Housing First policy interventions and service adaptations made during the pandemic, with a discussion on successes, failures and how to ensure that we don’t slide ‘back-to-normal’… Check it out here
  • WEBINAR: Engaging with the public health sector to avoid a return to ‘business as usual’

    Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy and Research at Focus Ireland, Dr. Austin O’Carroll, Founder of Safetynet Ireland,  and Dr, Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine Physician at St James’s Hospital, discuss why housing is critical to public health and how engagement with the public health sector can… Check it out here
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    WEBINAR: Creating system change through the adoption of Housing First principles and programs

    Continuing our international research webinar series in collaboration with Camh, we’re delighted to announce our upcoming webinar: Creating system change through the adoption of Housing First principles and programs.”

    During this session, Catherine McKenney, will feature as the webinar’s discussant, alongside presentations from  Melanie Schmit, Co-Founder of… Check it out here
    Category: | Systemic Change
  • WEBINAR: Applying research to reality: A transatlantic discussion

    Tim Aubry, Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Aurélie Tinland, Principal investigator – research on psychiatric advance directives at Aix-Marseille Université, and Freek Spinnewijn, Director of FEANTSA discuss how research and evidence for housing-led solutions to homelessness are applied to Housing First programmes and… Check it out here
    Category: | Research
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    WEBINAR: Homes for Good

    On Wednesday 22 March, from 11:00-12:00 CET,  join us for a presentation about Homes for Good. a social letting agency and property management company located in Glasgow. Homes For Good is a brand new concept in letting and the first of its kind in Glasgow and Scotland.

    We… Check it out here

    Category: | Housing
  • WEBINAR: Advocating for housing-led solutions after COVID19

    How do you turn emergency policy into long-term systems change? Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs at Crisis, and Tim Richter, President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance for Homelessness (CAEH), explore effective ways to advocate for housing-led solutions to homelessness in the wake of  COVID19. Watch the… Check it out here
  • WEBINAR: Coping with Stress, Grief and Loss while delivering Housing First

    Laura Young from Focus Ireland and Emma Wilkinson from Rock Trust discuss strategies and tools for coping with stress and grief as a Housing First practitioner,  as well as sharing some insights into the challenges and experiences of frontline workers and managers. The session was hosted by Samara Jones,… Check it out here
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    WEBINAR: Housing First and Influencing Policy

    Part of an ongoing series co-hosted by the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN‐COI) and the Housing First Europe Hub (the Hub), this session will provide examples from different countries on how to influence policies around elections at a local level. Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 Time: 09:30 – 11:00 EST/15:30-17:00 CET Check it out here
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    WEBINAR: Restoring Dreams to Tackle Loneliness

    On 26th October 2021,  Viola Stekelenburg, Tessa Hamers, Dimitar Ilchov, and Marek Mikulec discussed how loneliness is a bigger problem than simply an emotional experience. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health. In the Restoring dreams to tackle homelessness project the Dutch Hub… Check it out here
  • WEBINAR: New Alliances and Ambition for Housing First in Cities

    Martine Chanal, Policy Officer for Strategy and Innovation at the Housing Department of Grand Lyon La Métropole (Lyon Metropolitan Authority), Manuel Hennin, Project Manager for Housing and Accommodation at DIHAL (Interministerial Delegation for Housing and Accommodation) and Manuel Domergue, Director of Research at the Fondation Abbé Pierre, discuss building… Check it out here
  • WEBINAR: Peer work in Housing First

    Liz Littler, Service Manager at the Housing First Consortium Glasgow, Allison Symonds, Social Worker and Peer Aid at Un Chez Soi d’Abord and Riikka Tuomi, Peer Support Worker and Mentor at Vva ry – No Fixed Abode, discussed the role of peer… Check it out here
  • WEBINAR: Recruitment in Housing First

    In this webinar, Antii Martikainen, Alppikatu Housing Unit Manager at The Salvation Army (FI), Gary Neil from Rock Trust (UK), and Liz Littler from Turning Point Scotland (UK) discuss recruitment in Housing First. The session was moderated by Niall Keane, Services Manager at Focus Ireland. This was the first session of 2022 series of… Check it out here
    Category: | Homelessness