Turning Point Scotland’s Housing First pilot in Glasgow has been highlighted as part of the growing recognition of the model across Europe, to address homelessness.

Over 130 people attended Housing First: Challenging Perceptions 2012 conference at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow from all over Scotland, as well as England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Norway.

You can now download the Housing First conference report.

Sponsored by Glasgow Housing Association, the conference explained the Housing First model, how and why it was developed and explored the evidence around Housing First and the different ways in which the service can be used.

Housing First is an innovative model originating in the US, but now being developed in Europe.

Turning Point Scotland is operating a three year pilot in which individuals at risk of homelessness, aged over 18 and involved in drug misuse, are placed directly into independent tenancies in Glasgow instead of through transitional housing programmes.

The event featured an impressive line up of national and international speakers from a range of organisations concerned with Housing First.

Sam Tsemberis is the Founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing, New York and one of the key figures for establishing the concept of Housing First. He explained the origins of the model and why it was created, as well as his views on future development.

Ian Irvine, Operations Manager, Turning Point Scotland  looked at the Housing First Glasgow pilot from the early stages of the pilot and scoping exercise behind it, to some of the findings and how the model can be developed in the future.

Suzanne Fitzpatrick is Professor of Housing and Social Policy, Institute for Housing, School of Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University is one of the leading figures looking at the evidence behind Turning Point Scotland’s Glasgow pilot. She discussed the research into responses to homelessness, what is it telling us about people with complex needs, and what lessons can be learnt.

Glasgow Housing Association provided the landlord’s perspective of Housing First, Paul Toner and Catherine Wilkie explained how the partnership approach and working with Turning Point Scotland can provide outcomes and how these can be further developed.

Marion Gibbs from the Scottish Government will gave a policy perspective and Nicholas Pleace, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York and UK Representative on the European Observatory on Homelessness, discussed how the model is being developed across Europe and give his thoughts on opportunities for Scotland/UK.

Throughout the day a range of workshops looked in more detail the various issues around homelessness that Housing First is trying to help address including peer support, families, mental health, rural areas & rough sleepers. These included presentations looking at models in Glasgow, Vienna, Marseille, London and rural Wales.

You can download a copy of the independent Housing First evaluation report.





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