More than 1000 people housed through government programme

Housing First has helped homeless people struggling with issues such as addiction get their own homes.

Government programme Housing First helps over 1000 homeless people find their own homes iStock

More than 1000 people have been housed through a government-funded programme to tackle homelessness.

Housing First was devised as a way of helping people experiencing homelessness – who often have complex issues such as addiction and mental health problems – get their own homes.

The programme also offers support aimed at helping tenants continue to live independently.

Since 2019 the government has spent £5.5m on the Housing First pathfinder programme – despite initially pledging £6.5m, with underspend being pledged to other homelessness actions.

“We know that providing long-term housing to people experiencing homelessness is crucial to helping them rebuild their lives, which is why we’re investing £52.5m in projects that move people on from temporary accommodation as soon as possible,” Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison said.

“Housing First is a key part of that, aimed at people with multiple and complex needs be that addiction, mental ill health or repeated interactions with the justice system.

“The best way to reduce the number of households in temporary accommodation is to stop homelessness from happening in the first place, which is why we are consulting on plans to place legal duties on public bodies to prevent people losing their homes.

“This stems from the principle that preventing homelessness should be a shared public responsibility.”

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