The Nationwide Foundation has given a grant to Shekinah Mission, which has commissioned Crisis to undertake a feasibility study that will look at how the housing system in Torbay can become a Housing First system. The study will be used as evidence to influence decision-makers in Torbay to implement the Housing First approach across the area and to inform and guide implementation.
Housing First has achieved success in North America and Europe. In the UK, a few small Housing First programs are up and running, but not at a scale that would allow for the approach to be tested as an alternative to existing models of provision. There has been no formal consideration of Housing First becoming a primary housing option for homeless people in any part of the UK and so this feasibility study is the first attempt to scope that.
This project has been funded under the Nationwide Foundation’s Nurturing Ideas to change the Housing System.