Scotland has hit a “significant milestone” to move 400 vulnerable people into Housing First homes for the first time as the model continues to grow in influence across the country.
Housing First provides housing as a first step to help rough sleepers off the streets alongside support to give them the best chance of maintaining their home. The model has seen success in Finland and is billed by many as a key part of the solution to street homelessness.
Housing First has proven successful in Scotland too.The country’s Housing First Pathfinder programme has created 404 tenancies as of December 31 last year with an additional 22 tenancies added that month.
The new figures from Homeless Network Scotland show that 88 per cent of tenants have remained in their homes over the first full year of the programme despite the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sir Andrew Cubie, chair of the Housing First Scotland Advisory Group, said: “This hugely significant milestone is wonderful news, coming as it does after such a challenging year. Through continued successful partnerships across the Pathfinder areas, and in defiance of the virus and its impact on normal life, more than 400 people have now moved into a safe, secure home of their own.
Speaking to the Big Issue recently, Housing First founder Sam Tsemberis said the progress with the model in Scotland was “inspiring” and continues to grow “like a weed”.