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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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30.4.2020

Housing First Research Digest: Volume 4

Welcome to the fourth volume of the Housing First Research Digest! This edition of the Housing First Research Digest is curated by Maja Flåto (Norwegian State Housing Bank), member of the Housing First Europe Hub Research Work Cluster. Two of the papers presented in this edition describe and discuss implementation of Housing First programs as […] Read more...


19.3.2020

COVID-19 Resources: Homelessness & Housing First

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation unfolds there is a significant impact on homelessness service provision, as well as challenges specific to people experiencing homelessness that need to be sensitively considered and addressed in order to ensure that the most vulnerable populations within our society are protected, continue to provided with proper medical care and other […] Read more...


19.3.2020

Guidelines on Housing Support during COVID19 Crisis – Habitat Housing First

Due to this situation of lockdown for the sake of public health in Spain, and taking into account the profile of our Housing First clients–people who formerly experienced homelessness, a COVID-19 high risk group-, the Housing First’s services portfolio has been deeply affected, decreasing dramatically its face-to-face intervention and delivering the most of its support […] Read more...


17.3.2020

Recommendations for telephone support for clients by Housing First teams during COVID-19 confinement

Telephone support is a widely used tool in psychosocial support. Technologies can be used as a complement to face-to-face services, but also as a service on its own. It is especially useful for people with depression or suffering from distress, and when there are difficulties in physically meeting with clients. In the context of the […] Read more...


12.12.2019

Housing First Digest: Volume 3

Welcome to the third volume of the Housing First Research Digest! This volume is organized by Nadyah Abdel Salam (Est Metropole Habitat), member of the Housing First Europe Hub research cluster, and focuses on the Housing First dissemination and appropriation processes as a model for intervention and as a philosophy for ending homelessness. Housing First is […] Read more...


19.11.2019

Housing First Guide Nederland

One of our Associate members, LIMOR, has taken the initiative to translate the Housing First Guide into the Dutch context. The guide has been produced with support from the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Housing First Europe Hub. The guide provides an introduction to Housing First, a description of the core […] Read more...


15.10.2019

2019 Housing First in Europe: An Overview of Implementation, Strategy, and Fidelity

This overview of the development of Housing First in 19 countries in Europe was designed to take a snapshot of how quickly Housing First is being adopted, the extent to which it is present in local, regional, and national strategies and homelessness programmes, as well as to provide a broad overview of fidelity to the […] Read more...


20.9.2019

Resources for Trauma-informed Care

“Trauma of all sorts — physical, emotional or sexual — is known to be both a cause and a result of homelessness. This means that staff and volunteers working with people experiencing homelessness need to create and implement trauma-informed services in order to provide the best possible care.” Trauma-informed Care – Homelessness Learning Hub Canadian […] Read more...


2.7.2019

Housing First Research Digest Vol. 2

This edition of the newsletter is curated by Francesca Albanese (Crisis) member of the HF Hub Europe Research Work Cluster. The focus of this edition of the research digest is on studies which look at the cost effectiveness and potential benefits of Housing First interventions. There are longstanding debates about the extent to which Housing […] Read more...


21.1.2019

Assessing the Fidelity of Four Housing First Programmes in Italy

The article presents the findings of a fidelity assessment conducted with Housing First (HF) programmes in four Italian cities: Bologna, Rimini, Siracusa, and Verona (members of the ‘Network Housing First Italia’ (NHFI). The paper describes both facilitators to fidelity and obstacles explaining the differences that impacted on fidelity in each programme. Implications of the results are discussed as […] Read more...


21.1.2019

fio.PSD “Housing First”, Photographic book, Tormena, Italy, 2018

50 pictures of people living in housing in Verona, Milan, Ragusa, Bologna, Genova, Chioggia. A team of amateur photographers get into the house of Hf users and have enjoyed with them daily moments.   https://www.fiopsd.org/ii-workshop-fotografico-housing-first/ Read more...


7.1.2019

Housing First Europe Hub’s Research Digest

Let us introduce the first ever Housing First Europe Hub’s Research Digest! You can now sit back and enjoy. The Hub’s Research Work Cluster will digest a selection of three to five papers on Housing First for you every four months. We want to showcase new and relevant research on HF in Europe and elsewhere (with […] Read more...


3.12.2018 Download

Housing First Evaluations in Brussels (in French)

This review of the Housing First evaluations in Brussels sheds light on the details of how Housing First works in a complex local context. Read more...


3.12.2018 Download

Housing First Evaluations in Brussels (in Dutch)

This review of the Housing First evaluations in Brussels sheds light on the details of how Housing First works in a complex local context. Read more...


3.12.2018

Ending Homelessness Together: High Level Action Plan (Scotland)

This new plan sets out how Scotland will reduce homelessness and work towards preventing homelessness with a focus on Housing First.   https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/publication/2018/11/ending-homelessness-together-high-level-action-plan/documents/00543359-pdf/00543359-pdf/govscot%3Adocument   Read more from a blog by from Jon Sparkes:   http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/25112/blog-ending-homelessness-together-in-the-scottish-parliament/ Read more...


29.11.2018

The Roadmap for the Prevention of Youth Homelessness

The Roadmap for the Prevention of Youth Homelessness helps to fill this gap in our knowledge. It is designed to help service providers, policy makers, communities, advocates, and researchers better understand the meaning of youth homelessness prevention through the provision of a clear definition and a common language for policy and practice. The Roadmap offers […] Read more...


29.11.2018

Housing, homelessness and mental health: towards systems change

This research progresses the priority areas identified by the National Mental Health Commission (Commission) and provides evidence about the systemic issues and policy levers that need to be addressed to provide more and better housing and more and better services for people with lived experience with mental ill health. A review of the evidence on […] Read more...


13.11.2018

Women and homelessness – Churchill Fellowship findings webinar

This webinar is a discussion exploring how the approaches and models in Canada, Finland and Sweden in preventing and tackling women’s homelessness. https://www.homeless.org.uk/Churchill_Fellowship_findings_webinar Read more...


1.11.2018

A home but how to connect with others? A qualitative meta‐synthesis of experiences of people with mental illness living in supported housing

This study looks into how living in supported housing facilitate social connections and participation from the viewpoints of people living with mental illness. The findings show that supported housing residents face challenges of protecting their privacy and being lonely when on their own. Individualised support approaches need to attend to personal preferences for social participation […] Read more...


1.11.2018

Women and Rough Sleeping – A Critical Review of Current Research and Methodology Women and Rough Sleeping

This book by Joanne Bretherton and Nicholas Pleace  is based on a rapid review of the available evidence and research on the experience of sleeping rough among women. The report contains a collection and analysis of statistical data, from both survey and administrative sources and the qualitative information collected through interviews, focus groups, and ethnographic and […] Read more...


31.10.2018

Preventing Youth Homelessness: An International Review of Evidence

This international scan of youth homelessness prevention policies and practices provides an overview of prevention strategies around the world to address youth homelessness, highlighting those which have been most effective. http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/WCPP%20Preventing%20Youth%20Homelessness%20international%20evidence%20review.pdf Read more...


31.10.2018

Housing First in Denmark: An Analysis of the Coverage Rate among Homeless People and Types of Shelter Users

This paper analyses the coverage rate of Housing First in the overall population of homeless people in Denmark. Results show that in the municipalities that were part of the program only one in twenty homeless people were enrolled in the program. Moreover, following Kuhn and Culhane’s (1998) typology of shelter users, the study examines the […] Read more...


31.10.2018

Prima la Casa – Housing First

The volume presents the results of the experimentation approach Italian Housing First, which proposes an innovative method of contrast to the extreme poverty and severe adult marginalization. The approach, built in the early nineties in New York and later spread to Europe, on the initiative of fio.PSD becomes the object of experimentation to a network of […] Read more...


5.7.2018

Everybody in – How to end homelessness in Great Britain

This plan by Crisis outlines the evidence-based solutions that can end homelessness in Great Britain, built round the belief that everyone should have –and is ready for – a safe, stable place to live. It contains solutions for the long term, rather than to suit current political favour, building on what has worked at home […] Read more...


2.5.2018

Problems maintaining collaborative approaches with excluded populations in a randomised control trial: lessons learned implementing Housing First in France

In 2006, an ‘experimental squat’ was set up in an abandoned building in Marseille by a local collective combating homelessness. The squat was envisioned as an alternative to conventional health and social services for individuals experiencing long-term homelessness and severe psychiatric disorders. Based on the lessons learned from the squat, some then joined a larger coalition […] Read more...


24.4.2018

The homelessness monitor: England 2018

The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study providing an independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes. This seventh annual report updates our account of […] Read more...


23.4.2018

Macarena, 20 años viviendo en la calle

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23.4.2018

Young & Homeless 2018

This report of Homeless Link’s national study on youth homelessness outlines the findings from surveys with 188 homelessness services and local authorities across England and in-depth interviews with 25 young people who have experienced homelessness. The report explores the nature and causes of youth homelessness, the available support and best practice, and provides critical evidence […] Read more...


20.4.2018

Danger Zones and Stepping Stones: Phase Two A quantitative exploration of young people’s experience of temporary living

This second phase of Dangers Zones and Stepping Stones by Depaul UK presents the findings of a quantitative survey involving 712 young people aged from 16 to 25 who were receiving help from homelessness organisations. Read more: DANGER-ZONES-REPORT Read more...


17.4.2018 Download

Housing First Quality Recommendations – Finland

These quality recommendations were constructed by the Networking for Development Project in Finland. The aim is to highlight proven and successful ways of working in accordance with the Housing First principle, to complement and concretize legislation. Read more...




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