Housing First is an approach to tackling homelessness that seeks to offer affordable, permanent housing as quickly as possible for homeless people and families, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the support people need to avoid returning to homelessness.
On May 9th 2018, the government launched a £25 million effort to pilot the Housing First approach for entrenched rough sleepers in the West Midlands Combined Authority, Greater Manchester, and the Liverpool City Region.
Although the pilot promised has been launched it will require time to monitor the impact on rough sleeping. If successful, the pilot could lead to a larger Housing First policy roll-out across the nation. But as far as this manifesto promise is concerned (to pilot the approach), we can mark it as ‘done’.
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