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|21 Sep 2018, 1:21 p.m.||Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)||Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)|
Question to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Housing First model developed in Finland in the context of tackling homelessness in the UK.
Answer (Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth)
The former Secretary of State and Officials from this Department have visited Finland in order to see first hand the Housing First approach, which has been implemented.
As a result of this, Peter Fredrikson, a former senior advisor to the Finnish Government on Housing First and homelessness, was invited to sit on the Rough Sleeping Advisory panel which helped Government produce the Rough Sleeping Strategy, published on 13 August.
In order to test the approach at scale in this country we are investing £28 million in 3 regional Housing First pilots in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.
The first tranche of funding was paid to the regions in June. The Department is working closely, through the recently established Rough Sleeping Initiative, with the combined authorities, who are leading the implementation of the pilots in the regions. The aim of this close working will be to establish an ambitious model of support.