Dieuwertje de Jong

    My name is Dieuwertje de Jong. I am working for the municipality of Groningen. I advice on policy for social care and homelessness. Before this I was a Housing First team manager for 5 years, in a organization were I started my career as a social worker. I first learned about Housing First in 2013 […]

    Raphael Bouloudnine

    Raphael is a psychiatrist with a degree in public health from NOVA university. After 10 years in Un chez soi d’abord (French Housing First), he works in working first and develops training in recovery oriented practice. His year as an assistant visiting professor at Yale University as part of the Program For Recovery and Community […]

    Josep Agustí Feliu

    I’m Josep and I have 10 years of experience working in the social sector as a Social Educator. I started working with people with disabilities, with children in care and since 2016 I’m working with this new paradigm HF in Lleida. I believe in this new paradigm and I also think that it is possible […]

    Geert De Bolle

    “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, happiness”   Geert has been the Dutch coordinator of the Housing First Lab since 2018. He lives in Kortrijk, is married and has three grown-up children, […]

    Peter-Jan Heylenbosch

    Since the beginning of my career as a social worker I loved working with people suffering homelesness. I started working in day shelter for homless people during my studies in 2010 untill 2013 combined with working in the crisis shelter and night shelter in the city of Ghent. In 2013 I started my job as […]

  • Melanie Schmit

    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 a bachelor’s degree  in health care management and a study around professional coaching and leadership. Currently she is focusing on education around public affairs. Melanie started […]

    Juha Kahila

    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). NALPA offers housing first in scattered housing for young people experiencing homelessness. After 3,5 years Juha became the Service manager and his responsibility was to develop […]

    Peter Brepoels

    Peter started to work in youth and young adult care in the nineties, being focused on youth at risk of becoming homeless or young adults being homeless. At the time some of his older colleagues advised him to lower his expectations as to what could be achieved. He continued working, and 10 years later, caught […]

    Jo Prestidge

    Jo is an experienced project manager supporting the development and delivery of innovation and good practice within the field of homelessness and complex needs. This includes as the lead of Housing First England since 2016. Supporting a movement of Housing First across the country, Jo works with local government and service providers to develop new […]