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Liverpool City Region's
Homelessness Approach

A safe and secure home is a basic human right. However, for far too many people across our city region homelessness and rough sleeping is a fact of life.

Liverpool City Region's
Homelessness Approach

A safe and secure home is a basic human right. However, for far too many people across our city region homelessness and rough sleeping is a fact of life.

From health outcomes to employment prospects; basic mental health and wellbeing, having a decent roof over your head is a necessity. This is why we have made it a priority to tackle the hom elessness, providing support for those who need it, as well as tackling the root causes of homelessness so that we can act as a prevention, rather than a cure.

"Together, we want to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring."

Housing First

In his manifesto, Steve Rotheram championed the adoption of a Housing First approach to tackling homelessness. This approach provides permanent housing for people, without the need to prove ‘readiness’, such as being in employment. It ensures that coordinated, personalised, intensive support is put in place in a way that suits the person, to help them maintain and thrive in that home.

And as a result of a study carried out to prove that it will work here, the Liverpool City Region has been awarded £7.7 million by central government, as one of three areas chosen for a full pilot of the Housing First approach.

We know that staff and volunteers across our city region work tirelessly to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society. But how much easier it would be if all that effort was being channelled through a system that was re-designed to work better for the people it is there to support?

Throughout the city region, our partner organisations, including our six local authorities and our local housing associations, have shown themselves to be up for the challenge of re-shaping our approach to tackling homelessness. Together, we want to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.

Lived experience board

Essential to the success of the programme is to involve the people we support in every part of the process, including listening to and learning from the lived experience of homeless people, ensuring that the new system works for them.

In order to do this, we have established a Lived Experience group, which brings together people with their own experiences of homelessness, to enable them to help shape our work in this area.  And we are working with colleagues tackling homelessness across Europe and will be hosting a conference in the New Year, which will enable all of us to share what we are doing and learn from best practice.

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