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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 homelessness, 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

Liverpool City Region is one of just three places in England to be chosen to pilot the Housing First approach, which aims to tackle homelessness in a new way, based on international evidence.  The approach involves providing an ordinary, settled home as the first response for people with multiple and complex needs beyond housing, offering individualised support with issues such as addictions, mental and physical health issues and the effects of trauma and abuse.

Since being awarded £7.7 million by central government to run the pilot, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, in conjunction with its six local authorities, has put in place the necessary infrastructure to make Housing First work.

This infrastructure has been based around advice from people with experience of homelessness, and includes working with housing associations across the city region to make appropriate homes available.

The 16 delivery staff from the Liverpool City Region’s ground-breaking Housing First programme are currently working with 60 homeless people in the first phase, and more teams will be established over the coming months to support approx. 350 people.

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.

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