Introducing the Housing First Model in Spain: First Results of the Habitat Programme

In this paper Roberto Bernad, Rebeca Yuncal and Sonia Panadero discuss The Habitat Programme, the first systematic implementation of the Housing First (HF) model in Spain. The paper presents its first steps and the difficulties experienced during the kick-off process. The processes of defining profiles and deciding on the selection of users, the referral of users and their placement into the programme and the delivery of services have raised some challenges from which the Habitat teams have drawn some relevant learnings. This paper also presents the methodology and the first findings of Habitat’s rigorous evaluation.