Over 50 delegates gathered at St Mungo’s Museum in Glasgow to find out more about an innovative model to address homelessness and housing issues originating in New York, but now being applied in Europe, including here in Glasgow.

A number of local authorities and organisations working to tackle homelessness attended the event.

Turning Point Scotland’s model took part in a three year independent evaluation to review the different aspects of the project.

Turning Point Scotland hosted a half day seminar to discuss the evaluation of Housing First Glasgow and to explore what factors make this model so successful.

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Director of Research Institute at Heriot-Watt University, gave an overview of Housing First in Europe and here in Glasgow.

Her colleague Dr. Sarah Johnsen, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Housing, Urban & Real Estate Research at Heriot-Watt University looked at the Housing First Glasgow evaluation and findings.

The purpose of the day was also to share the experience from being involved with similar projects in other parts of the world and to explore how Housing First can be rolled out as a more mainstream option in the field of homelessness.

Ian Irvine, Operations Manager, Turning Point Scotland gave his reflections on his Winston Churchill Fellowship visiting housing First services in America and Canada.

Paul Tonner from Glasgow Housing Association described why his organisation decided to become part of Housing First Glasgow.

Presentations:

Martin Cawley – Housing First presentation

Paul Tonner – Housing First presentation

Sarah Johnsen – Housing First Presentation

Suzanne Fitzpatrick – Housing First presentation

Ian Irvine – Churchill Fellowship Visit

Useful documents:

Housing First Evaluation Report Executive Summary