Ending homelessness, rebuilding lives

Housing First

Housing First is a powerful way to end homelessness. It is an internationally recognised programme designed to support people with high and complex needs who have been unable to sustain a long-term home.

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 349 clients in different locations.

Service principles

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

Find out more about Housing First in the video below.

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"Housing First is a different model because it provides housing ‘first’, on the basis of right, rather than at the end of a process as a reward. And years later the bedrock of the model remains as exciting today as it was in those early stages as we have learned, adapted and grown along the way. Our longer-term aim is for people to achieve long lasting recovery."