Chronically Homeless People in Poland: Target Group of the ‘Housing First – Evidence based Advocacy’ Project

This paper by Julia Wygnańska introduces the methodology and results of three studies conducted under the ‘Housing First – Evidence based Advocacy’ project implemented between 2014 and 2016 in Poland (EEA Grant). The aim of the studies was to assess the presence, scale and basic characteristics of the predefined target group of people experiencing long-term homelessness (over three years), having at least one ‘disabling condition’ (mental disorders and/or substance dependency), and additionally sharing some features of Housing First Programme clients, such as difficulties in relations with traditional institutions and frequent changes of facilities, hospitalisation, periodic living ‘on the street’ and debts.