Housing First is an internationally recognised approach to tackling homelessness for people who have been unable to sustain long-term accommodation. It provides a tenancy first as a platform for change, with intensive and flexible support to help clients address their needs at their pace. St Mungo’s is one of the largest providers of Housing First services in England, supporting more than 282 clients in different locations.
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The Service Model

At St Mungo’s we take the principles of Housing First and apply them by:

  • Being people centred and adaptable
  • Nurturing honest and resilient partnerships
  • Taking well-judged risks
  • Investing time and being patient
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A leading provider of Housing First

"There is the determination and increasing momentum to end rough sleeping and homelessness, and our experience shows that Housing First can be an integral part of achieving that."

Read this blog from our CEO, Steve Douglas CBE about the effects of Housing First and how we have used the model to support our clients effectively.

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Our support for Housing First

We have supported the call for a specialised housing scheme, designed to help people who have complex and multiple needs and are experiencing homelessness, to be significantly expanded.

The recommendation – which is included in a new report published by the Centre for Social Justice – calls for a significant expansion of the Housing First approach to tackling homelessness.

Read our full response

Housing First in Brighton

Housing first was once thought of as a radical rethinking of how homelessness could be tackled – but over the years it has become an increasingly important element to achieving the aim of ending rough sleeping for good.

One person who has witnessed the scheme’s successes – and a few challenges – over the years is Stephen Brett, Housing First Service Manager in Brighton.

Read his blog