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Housing First is a key policy area for Cymorth Cymru, and the network that we facilitate, the Housing First Wales Network.

Below, you can see the resources we have produced to support members and other stakeholders in the widespread adoption of Housing First across Wales.

For more information on our policy work on Housing First, please email policy@cymorthcymru.org.uk.

  • What is Housing First?

    Housing First is a unique approach to help us tackle homelessness. The approach has been evidenced to successfully support people with repeat histories of homelessness, who have experienced significant levels of trauma, into settled and stable homes.

    Housing First offers long-term, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals experiencing entrenched homelessness, and then provides 24 hour wrap-around support and connections to community-based support, to give individuals the very best chance to successfully maintain their tenancies and avoid returning to the streets.

    International evidence proves how effective Housing First can be. By implementing Housing First in Wales, we have a real chance to help people who have spent years sleeping rough, move out of these horrible situations and lead happy and fulfilled lives. Housing First hands control, choice, rights and responsibilities to people experiencing homelessness.

  • Principles of Housing First

    In Wales, we have produced through research and consultation, our own principles that ensure the fidelity of the model of Housing First across our nation.

    Housing First Principles Wales

  • Principles of Housing First for Youth

    We have also produced principles for Housing First for Youth, which whilst similar, have some key differences.

  • Guides and Supporting Documents

    Below you can find supporting documents that can help in creating, or maintaining the integrity of, Housing First services.

    Housing First Social Landlord Charter

    Housing First Social Landlord Charter

     

  • Best Practice Guides or Tools

    We intend to produce best practice guides when needed or helpful, and will include them below. In addition, we will include tools that you can use more widely.

  • Accreditation Reports

    As part of our accreditation, we will be publishing recommendation reports with permission of those who have been accredited, and they can be read below.

    Housing First Wales Accreditation Report: Conwy and Denbighshire Housing First Project

  • The Network

    The Housing First Network for Wales is a wide group of individuals and organisations with an interest in developing Housing First and implementing it across Wales. With representation from the third sector, the Welsh Government, local authorities, social landlords, health boards and more, it aims to ensure consistency, but also to share best practice and learning.

    Housing First Communications Sub Group
    The Housing First Communications Sub Group looks at the ways we communicate about Housing First across Wales, and how to do so most effectively with varied audiences. The group tries to ensure that the conversation about Housing First is honest and open.

    Housing First for Youth Sub Group
    The Housing First for Youth Sub Group looks at Housing First provision for people aged 16-25, an area Wales is leading on. The group ensures that the voices of young people are heard when it comes to developing services, and ensures that Housing First for Youth is as robustly designed as Housing First itself.

    Housing First Housing Management Sub Group
    Social landlords are a vital part of Housing First in Wales. This group ensures their voices are heard, and also works to create meaningful dialogue and discussion between social landlords, support providers, and other stakeholders, with a focus on sharing good practice and lessons learned.

    Housing First Health and Care Sub Group
    Housing First depends on buy-in from external partners, including health, mental health and social care services. This group is a forum for such stakeholders, working to ensure that the health of Housing First clients is a priority, and to develop a strategic approach to building health and social care services into Housing First across Wales.

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