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Housing first approach outlined first time in the European level

A European level housing first evaluation and mutual exchange project outlines the housing first approach in European welfare contexts during the years 2011-2013. Read more about the project on

A European Commission (DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) evaluation and mutual exchange project called ”Housing First Europe” has recently received its financing. The project will test and evaluate housing first projects in five European cities from a European perspective.


In Europe, the relatively new housing first approach to homelessness is currently tested in a number of cities and some evaluations are going on at the local level already. Different intervention methods to re-house homeless persons with complex social and health problems have been tested and evaluated in the U.S. but a systematic evaluation has never been done in any European country before.


The participating cities are: Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Lisbon and the five "peer sites" taking part in three of the five project meetings are in Dublin, Gent, Gothenburg, Helsinki and Vienna.


Read more about the project here.

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24.04.2015 The Own Keys Project by the Finnish NGO Vailla vakinaista asuntoa (NO Fixed Abode NGO) in the FEANTSA Homeless in Europe Magazine spring issue

The FEANTSA Homeless in Europe Magazine discusses Participation: Inclusion, Empowerment and Routes Out of Homelessness. In "Nothing About Us Without Us! The Own Keys Project – People Who Have Experienced Homelessness Develop Services" by Carole Brady, Raija Maunula and Vlada Petrovskaja describe the main themes found out in their project: the importance of trust in cooperation as well as successes and challenges in the work.

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30.09.2014 The evaluation on the Finnish HF Program in 2014

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13.08.2014 Seminar 17.9.2014: Perspectives on Housing First in Finland

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