The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Housing First Pilot scheme is designed to tackle the growing issue of homelessness for individuals with multiple and complex needs.
It places individuals directly into independent tenancies with no requirement to progress through transitional housing programmes.
By sustaining a permanent tenancy, service users are in a better position to access community support, health care and social benefits. Individuals are not required to be abstinent and the model focuses on a harm reduction approach. This incorporates the individual’s recovery journey determining the issues addressed.
The West Midlands pilot will provide funding for Housing First to be delivered across the seven WMCA region areas.