Skip to content

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.

Read Housing First news articles

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

Housing First

Woman drinking tea in new homeLiverpool City Region has made it a priority to tackle homelessness in a new way, based on international evidence.  Housing First believes having a decent roof over your head is a necessity so it provides a home as the first response. It then offers people with multiple and complex needs individualised support with issues such as addictions, mental and physical health and the effects of trauma and abuse.

Housing First works in partnership with the six local authorities making up the city region, housing associations and other homeless organisations. Essential to the success of the programme is to involve the people we support in every part of the process and our Lived Experience group, which brings together people with their own experiences of homelessness helps shape our work in this area.

Housing First differs from other support models in several respects. It’s based on seven principles and everything the advocates do to support their clients revolves around these.

People have the right to a home. Eligibility for housing is not contingent on any conditions apart from the willingness to maintain a tenancy.

Flexible support is available for as long as it is needed. Support workers have a smaller caseload which enables more intensive, personalised support for people not successfully engaged previously due to the complexity of their needs.

Housing and support are separated. Housing is not a reward for engaging with support.

Individuals have choice and control. This fully respects the choices of each person and supports their self-determination.

An active engagement approach is used. The service finds ways to engage with the person instead of the other way round.

Service is based on the person’s strengths, goals and aspirations. This recognises and emphasises the individual’s strengths and capacity for positive change, and links them with relevant services that helps them meet that.

A reduction to harm approach is used. This supports people to choose practices that reduce harm and promote recovery.

More policy information


If you would like to learn more about our policies or are looking for guidance and procedures to get involved with our schemes then please visit our policy documents page. Our policy documents offer detailed information on the various policies.


Latest News

General News
Business & Economic Resilience Updates
Apprenticeships
Contact us

By submitting this form you agree to be contacted by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and its partners. For more information see our Privacy Policy

×
Media enquiries

By submitting this form you agree to be contacted by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and its partners. For more information see our Privacy Policy

×