BBC News: Could Finland’s Housing First initiative help solve the UK’s homeless crisis

A recent report by the communities and local government committee on homelessness pointed out that the “housing first” model “appears to have had a positive impact in Finland”.  Finland is the only European country where homelessness has decreased in recent years. From 2008 to 2014 the number of people who were long-term homeless decreased by approximately 18%, and homelessness continues to decrease.

The housing first model is based upon people who are homeless being given housing first rather than progressing them through temporary accommodation. The idea is that people who are homeless need a home and the issues that may cause them to be at risk of homelessness are addressed when they are in stable accommodation.

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