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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) for more information.

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: 24 – 26 April 2023 (3 full days of training)
Location: Brussels, Belgium

Session 2: 13-15 June 2023 (3 full days of training)
Location: Torino (Turin), Italy

Session 3: 13-17 November 2023 (4 full days of training; 1 day break for visits and rest)
Location: Budapest, Hungary

For more information, please read our Call for Applications 2023

**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

Trainers’ Directory


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.

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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: Juha Kahila


    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: 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…

  • Profiili - Asunto Ensin Verkostokehittäjät

    Name: Mia Saarela


    Country: Finland
    Languages: EnglishFinnish

    Mia is Coordinator for the National Housing First Development Network in Finland. She is passionate about eradicating homelessness and developing new ways of approaching housing-related issues. Mia has a…

  • 2023-03-23-094503_4 - Thomas Lam

    Name: Thomas Lambrechts

    Capuche asbl

    Country: Belgium
    Languages: French

    Development of associative project for more than 20 years. I have worked in the fields of culture, politics, sport/leisure and real estate. Investing 100% in HF4Y projects since 2021.

  • Tomáš Novotný - Tomáš Novotný

    Name: Tomáš Novotný

    Spolek PORTAVITA

    Country: Czech Republic
    Languages: Czech

    I started working in 2006 in a Halfway house Chamomile as a social worker and since the year 2013 an educator in a facility for children requiring immediate help…

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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