Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th July 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish its preliminary findings of the three regional Housing First pilots in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the Liverpool City Region.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Housing First has an impressive international record in helping people with complex needs to recover and stay off the streets for good, which is why we awarded £28 million to pilot it in three urban areas with contrasting challenges (the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region) with the aim to support our most vulnerable people off the streets and into safe and secure homes.

We commissioned a consortium, led by ICF, to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the programme, which will run for the duration of the pilots. We recognise that rough sleeping is a nationwide challenge, and that is why it is important that we consider the findings of our evaluation, together with our experiences from the three pilots, to ensure that we know how it could work best on a larger scale. We will be publishing an interim report on our findings in due course.

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