Threshold Housing First
The first service targeted at Women offenders, the Threshold Housing First pilot became operational in 2015 with 2 years start-up funding. It has since attracted a further 3 years funding which will provide us with the longest evaluation study of this way of working in the UK.
Evaluated by the University of York Centre for Housing Studies, it is described as a ‘distinct variant’ of Housing First, with unparalleled outcomes in housing sustainment, and in reducing reoffending rates. It has influenced thinking about homelessness strategies across the country by demonstrating that women experience different routes into, and out of, homelessness, often not coming to the attention of agencies and having much more complex and entrenched problems than their male counterparts as a result. The evaluation of this project has shown that women form a significant proportion of the ‘hidden homeless’ population. The conclusion of the evaluation recommends that the Threshold Housing First model is integrated into GMCA solutions for homelessness.
In a further area we are one of only two pilots nationally testing the Housing First model as an alternative to refuge provision for households experiencing domestic violence. This service also has provision for BME people who are applying/ appealing for leave to remain.
We have reconfigured an accommodation based service for single homeless people with medium levels of support needs to a Housing led model with several of the Housing First principles applied to delivery.
In total we have over 3 years’ experience of a high fidelity, highly effective model.
What is Housing First?
‘Housing First’ is an approach which transforms thinking about how to intervene with homeless and vulnerable people. At its heart, Housing First has a recovery orientation that places the customer’s choice of housing and support at the centre.
The basic underlying principle of the Housing First model is that people are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first housed in permanent self-contained housing with wrap-around services as required. There is a strong body of evidence that Housing First is a cost effective solution delivering strong outcomes for people with high support needs.
Support will be available for people who have local connections with Oldham, Tameside and Stockport.
Key principles of Threshold Housing First
Client self-determination i.e. choice as to where she lives.This has been found to be a powerful factor in motivating people to recover and change lifestyle - they have too much to lose.
An asset based approach building on the client's strengths.
Scattered site provision i.e. people living in individual flats or houses dispersed in the community.
A recovery oriented approach.
Casework support based upon motivational interviewing techniques and a clear understanding of recovery models and client self-determination.
Housing First is also heavily informed by a therapeutic approach underpinned by an understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and other deep seated conditions.
Persistence in intervention – never giving up on the client.
No treatment or sobriety pre-conditions.
Support that is not time limited.
Use of peer mentors to inform and support service design and service provision
Contact the serviceThreshold – Housing First Cavendish 249 Cavendish Street Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AT Email: HousingFirst@thp.org.uk 0779 295 7224
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