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Part of the price that society and vulnerable people are paying for the disintegration of support is that the needs of people in crisis are more complex: the combination of mental health problems, substance abuse, entrenched homelessness and other challenges means that some rough sleepers are unable to cope with life in homeless hostels.
A solution that is attracting international attention is Housing First which, with intensive support funded by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, is successfully enabling homeless people with high needs and histories of entrenched or repeat homelessness to live in their own homes.
Housing First in practice
The impact of Housing First is illustrated by Darren* who is well-known to homelessness, criminal justice and health services across Nottingham.
After many devastating and traumatic experiences Darren lived for many years on the streets: his mental and physical health deteriorated. He had no hope and no one seemed to have hope in him. A record of anti-social behaviour, begging and serious drug use, would usually mean that Darren would not be able to access a tenancy. However, with the backing of Housing First, he was given a chance. His drug use has reduced and, with his Housing First support worker, he has started to manage his finances and pay his arrears, and fines caused by drug use and begging. Darren has stopped begging, has re-engaged with his family, and his health has improved so much that he looks like a different person. It is a huge achievement that he is taking responsibility for himself and his property.
This is why Housing First really matters.
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