Major borough council ready for Housing First

Funding application made for a trial scheme targeting high-needs health patients.

sleeping homeless man on a bench

With a 12,600 waiting list, Hackney Council wants to be one of the first in line for Housing First – and keep up with the neighbours.

The council has applied for funding to try out the scheme on a small number of high-needs health patients.

Housing First has already been trialled in neighbouring Camden and Islington.

Hackney Council has applied to the City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for funding through health channels, with the scheme likely to involve working with specialist housing providers in the borough.

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville said: “We first signalled we wanted to do this in the updated homelessness strategy – I think it’s got a really big part to play and I’d welcome it coming to Hackney.”

Healthwatch Hackney also welcomed the news, saying: “Exciting new initiatives such as the Housing First project are likely to provide help to some of the most vulnerable people in Hackney.”

Government is assessing evidence as to the effectiveness of Housing First .

In May, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced a £28m programme to trial Housing First in Greater Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands.

Last year the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) called for it to be rolled out nationally, saying it could tackle rough sleeping and homelessness in Britain.

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