Adapted from the successful Housing First approach, Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) is a rights-based intervention for young people (aged 13-24) who are experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of becoming homeless. The goal of HF4Y is to support young people through their adolescence and facilitate a healthy transition to adulthood, all while having a safe and stable place to call home.
Housing First for Youth (HF4Y)
What is Housing First for Youth?
Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) is a rights-based intervention for young people who experience homelessness, or who are at risk. The goal is to help prevent homelessness or help youth to quickly exit homelessness. HF4Y is designed to address the needs of developing adolescents and young adults by providing them with immediate access to housing that is safe, affordable and appropriate, and the necessary and age-appropriate supports that focus on health, wellbeing, life skills, engagement in education and employment, and social inclusion. It is not time limited, and more than just offering housing and supports.
The Core Principles of HF4Y
The Core Principles are adapted from the standard Housing First model because young people have different needs to adults. All partners who join the Hub are asked to confirm their commitment to the core principles of Housing First as described in the Housing First Europe Guide.
Immediate access to housing with no preconditions
Youth choice and self-determination
Individualised and client-driven supports
Social and community integration
Positive youth development orientation
An Introduction to Housing First for Youth (HF4Y)
Designed for people who are learning about Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) for the first time, this short introductory guide offers an overview of the key elements of HF4Y and why it’s important, together with frequently asked questions and answers.
Read or download the publication here.
THIS Is Housing First for Youth: Europe – A program model guide
Working in cooperation with our partners in Canada, Ireland, Scotland and The Netherlands, the Hub is delighted to announce the publication of This Is Housing First for Youth – Europe – a programme model guide for starting up and running HF4Y in Europe. The guide is available in English and French.
Read or download the guide:
Rock Trust Housing First For Youth Pilot
The UKs first Housing First For Youth service, piloted in West Lothian Scotland, saw 92% of young people involved successfully sustain their tenancies and 100% remain engaged with support throughout the project.
Read the Executive Summary here:
Rock Trust Housing First for Youth Pilot: Evaluation Report – Executive Summary
Read the full Report here:
Rock Trust Housing First for Youth Pilot: Evaluation Report
HF4Y Community of Practice
The Housing First Europe Hub is trying to establish a Housing First for Youth Community of Practice!
This would allow professionals and front line staff to have a space where they can share experiences and knowledge, and confront each other on the practice of Housing First for Youth.
If you are interested in taking part in this initiative, please fill out this form.
Feel free to also share the link with anyone who may want to be a part of this community– the more the merrier!
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Samara Jones, Programme Coordinator at the Housing First Europe Hub: email@example.com
Learning from Youth with Lived Experience to Realize Homelessness Prevention in Schools: Learnings from Tio’tiá:ke/Montréal
While schools can be a powerful site of homelessness prevention, they are also a potential site of harm for many young people, particularly youth with disabilities and mental health…Check it out here
PODCAST: Seeing Double on Youth Homelessness
In this episode of the On the Way Home podcast, Dr. Naomi Thulien and Mardi Daley discuss their presentation at CAEH’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness and the Transitioning…Check it out here
PRESENTATION: Introduction to Housing First for Youth
A slide deck developed by the Hub and made available for use by Housing First and Housing First for Youth trainers, practitioners, and advocates. View or download the presentation…Check it out here