Housing First Training

The Housing First Europe Hub can help organisations, governments, housing providers, and professionals,  to organize information sessions and training for a wide range of audiences.  We can provide introductory level programmes as well as specialist training on specific topics.

Please contact Samara Jones (samara.jones@housingfirsteurope.eu) or Juha Kahila (juha.kahila@housingfirsteurope.eu) for more information.

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Train-the-Trainer (TTT)

The Hub runs an annual educational programme for Housing First trainers called Train-the-Trainer, designed for trainers who wish to specialize in training on Housing First.  The goal is to create a European pool of trainers who are experienced and knowledgeable about Housing First, and who will be able to conduct a variety of training modules on aspects of Housing First in countries across Europe, and beyond.

Now entering its fourth year, each course brings together approximately 30 trainers from a number of European countries and beyond for three training sessions in different European cities over the course of a year. The curriculum is based on the Housing First Europe Guide (which is now available in English, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, and Czech).

The trainers use the 8 core principles of Housing First  as a foundation for the course, and are now developing their own training courses on topics which cover topics in the following areas:

– What is Housing First

– Delivering Housing First

– Managing Housing First

The current course will run in late 2022. Please note that each Cohort is limited to 30 participants. Participants from Hub partner organisations are offered first preference on course places.

To become a Hub partner, or if you wish to be kept informed about applications for the train-the)trainer programme, please contact one of our Hub Programme Coordinators.

TTT Course Dates 2023 (Cohort 5)

Cohort 5
Session 1: 25-27 April 2023 (Registrations open Feb 2023)
Location: TBC

Session 2: 13-15 June 2023
Location: TBC

Session 3: October 2023
Location: TBC

**Please note: attendance at all three sessions of the course is required to receive certification from the Hub.***

TTT: Housing First for Youth

Date: 13th – 15th March, 2023.
Location: Lyon
Registrations open soon.

Trainers’ Directory

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Trainers who have completed the Housing First Europe Hub’s Train-the-Trainer programme are eligible to join our Housing First Training Faculty. Our expert trainers are leaders in their field and work in organisations, governments, and educational institutions across Europe. Click on the photos below to learn more about each of our certified trainers, or use the filter menu above to find the latest list of trainers available to provide training on Housing First in your local area.

  • Pauline Portefaix

    Name: Pauline Portefaix

    Fondation Abbé Pierre

    Country: France
    Languages: EnglishFrench

    I am working at the advocacy level on Housing First in France. In my work for Fondation Abbé Pierre, which is known for its expertise in the evaluation of…

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    Name: Magdalena Syrówka

    Przyszłość jest dziś

    Country: Poland
    Languages: EnglishPolish

    I am a therapist, psychologist, sexual educator and mediator. I worked as a frontline support worker and than also as the head of the team implementing Housing First in…

  • Leah Watkins

    Name: Leah Watkins

    Housing Choices WA

    Country: Australia
    Languages: English

    Leah has over 30 years of experience in the homelessness and housing sector ranging from frontline outreach to managing services and coordinating interagency collaboration projects. Leah also spent 10…

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    Name: Dieuwertje de Jong

    LIMOR

    Country: Netherlands
    Languages: DutchEnglish

    My name is Dieuwertje de Jong. I am working for the municipality of Groningen. I advice on policy for social care and homelessness. Before this I was a Housing…

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    Name: Anna Gazda

    Independent

    Country: Poland
    Languages: Polish

    Professional manager in a social projects, trainer and coach. Former social worker. Works for the local government units, cooperates with NGOs and private entrepreneurs. Creates and implements social projects…

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    Name: Raphael Bouloudnine

    WFX

    Country: France
    Languages: EnglishFrench

    Raphael is a psychiatrist with a degree in public health from NOVA university. After 10 years in Un chez soi d’abord (French Housing First), he works in working first…

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    Name: Josep Agustí Feliu

    Sant Joan de Déu

    Country: Spain
    Languages: CatalanSpanish

    I’m Josep and I have 10 years of experience working in the social sector as a Social Educator. I started working with people with disabilities, with children in care…

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    Name: Geert De Bolle

    Housing First Lab

    Country: Belgium
    Languages: DutchEnglish

    “For me, Housing First is about dignity. By offering people back a home that is really theirs, you give them so much more: freedom and autonomy, life chances, future,…

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    Name: Abele Sangiorgio

    fioPSD; Opera San Francesco

    Country: Italy
    Languages: EnglishItalian

    “I’ve worked in schools and residential services for adolescents for almost 10 years. I work as a support worker and a case manager in an Housing First service since…

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    Name: Amanda Bloxsome

    Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

    Country: UK
    Languages: English

    I am an accomplished leader, who is a member of the Chartered Institute of Managers and educated to post graduate level. I am passionate about system change within homelessness…

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    Name: Peter-Jan Heylenbosch

    Goodmen services – Freelancer

    Country: Belgium
    Languages: DutchEnglish

    Since the beginning of my career as a social worker I loved working with people suffering homelesness. I started working in day shelter for homless people during my studies…

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    Name: Melanie Schmit

    LIMOR & Housing First Netherlands

    Country: Netherlands
    Languages: DutchEnglish

    Melanie Schmit’s entire working life has been about people in need, among which the biggest part has been in the field of homelessness. She studied social work, then completed…

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    Name: Emine Özkan

    Neunerhaus – Hilfe für obdachlose Menschen

    Country: Austria
    Languages: EnglishGermanTurkish

    Emine Özkan has a leading position at the Austrian social organization Neunerhaus, where she has managed the Housing First team since 2018. Previously, Emine worked in the field of…

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    Name: Juha Kahila

    Y-Säätiö/Y-Foundation

    Country: Finland
    Languages: EnglishFinnish

    Juha has been working for 10 years in the field of homelessness. He started as a frontline support worker in 2010 for the Finnish Youth housing association services (NALPA)….

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    Name: Nadyah Abdel Salam

    GIE La ville autrement – Est Metropole Habitat

    Country: France
    Languages: French

    Nadyah is a socio-urbanist and a task officer at GIE La Ville Autrement where she works on the deployment of partnership projects for the homeless in the metropolitan of…

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    Name: Muriel Allart

    Smes

    Country: Belgium
    Languages: French

    Muriel is a Psychologist with 10 years of experience in Harm Reduction. She has been a Housing First Manager since 2013 – including ACT + ICM team management –…

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    Name: Peter Brepoels

    Steunpunt Mens en Samenleving

    Country: Belgium
    Languages: DutchEnglish

    Peter started to work in youth and young adult care in the nineties, being focused on youth at risk of becoming homeless or young adults being homeless. At the…

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    Name: Rémi Dekoninck

    Diogènes (Station Logement)/ Projet Lama

    Country: Belgium
    Languages: French

    Rémi has 20 years of experience working in the social sector, with experience in a wide range of social and homeless services, including: Social Worker since 2000 Social Housing…

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    Name: Jo Prestidge

    Homeless Link

    Country: UK
    Languages: English

    Jo is an experienced project manager supporting the development and delivery of innovation and good practice within the field of homelessness and complex needs. This includes as the lead…

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    Name: Pilvi Azeem

    Y-Säätiö/Y-Foundation

    Country: Finland
    Languages: EnglishFinnish

    Pilvi’s first experience working with people experiencing homelessness was in Scotland year 2005 where she worked as an assertive outreach worker for over two years, learning first-hand about people…

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    Name: David Valouch

    Platform for Social Housing

    Country: Czech Republic
    Languages: CzechEnglishSlovak

    David has over 15 years of work with drug addicts, including as an outreach worker, frontline worker, community therapist, and parental counsellor. He also has 3 years experience working…

Introductory Training Videos

  • VIDEO: An Introduction to Housing First (English version)

    https://youtu.be/kSP7mLvkUFc Check it out here
  • VIDEO: An Introduction to Housing First (French version)

    https://youtu.be/sHhtGEiYMpo Check it out here
  • VIDEO: An Introduction to Housing First (Dutch version)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDYAtCeiltY Check it out here
  • VIDEO: An Introduction to Housing First (Spanish version)

    https://youtu.be/qf1isHLCuZI Check it out here
  • VIDEO: An Introduction to Housing First (Italian version)

    https://youtu.be/rTzrgVmdxyQ Check it out here

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