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15 Mar 2017

Government considering plans to expand Housing First approach

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A radical plan to end the scourge of rough sleeping by placing homeless people in permanent housing before they have conquered problems such as alcohol abuse, drug addiction and mental illness is being considered by Theresa May’s government, following successful trials in UK cities and abroad.

In what would amount to a revolution in policy, involving upfront investment in housing places for rough sleepers with troubled lives, communities secretary Sajid Javid told the Observer he was keen to examine the scheme, under which people are placed straight into permanent homes with access to care and training to help them get into work.

The approach – known as Housing First – turns the existing “treatment first” policy on its head and works on the assumption that people make most progress sorting out their lives once in a stable home, rather than a hostel or shared temporary accommodation.

Read more on the Guardian website