Minister goes frontline for Housing First

Pioneering scheme with 78% success rate in homeless housing to share lessons learned with Welsh Government.

Rebecca Evan

A 78% success rate in housing the homeless is well worthy of a ministerial visit – and that’s what one Welsh project got.

Rebecca Evans, Welsh housing and regeneration minister, met service users and staff at The Wallich, in Llangefni, Anglesey, for tips on how the so far five-year project based on Housing First principles is working.

“It’s particularly impressive that 78% of people supported by the project have successfully secured and maintained accommodation, and although this project is small in scale, it is helping to improve peoples’ lives and is having a big impact,” Evans said.

Last month, Evans was asked chair a new ministerial group to support the Welsh Government’s work tackling youth homelessness, and to oversee the development of Housing First in Wales.

“I am keen to see what lessons can be learned from this inspiring team, and what we can share with other pilot projects as we work with councils to spread best practice,” said Evans.

Wallich chief executive, Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, said the project itself had “learned a lot” from being pioneers for Housing First in Wales and is looking forward to sharing its experiences with the ministerial group.

“The Wallich strive to design innovative projects to benefit vulnerable people using the latest and best evidence we have available to us.

“Our experience in Housing First has laid the foundations for working in implementing psychologically informed environments across our projects.

“It is really encouraging to see the commitment from the minister to allow this innovation to influence policy,” Cordery-Bruce said.

Pictured: Housing and regeneration minister Rebecca Evans (centre) with the team from The Wallich in Llangefni.

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