Housing First Evidence

Find out more about the evidence for Housing First

Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder Evaluation: Final Report

Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder programme ran for three years from April 2019 and provided independent tenancies and support for 579 individuals across five areas: Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling. It served as a litmus test regarding the opportunities and challenges involved in scaling up Housing First as it moves toward becoming the default response for homeless people with complex needs across Scotland. Core messages from an independent evaluation, conducted by I-SPHERE in partnership with ICF, have been distilled in a blog by Prof Sarah Johnsen and Dr Janice Blenkinsopp.

Housing First Interim Report | September 2021

Housing First can be successfully scaled up in Scotland according to the country’s first evaluation of the policy, published in September 2021 by I-SPHERE at Heriot Watt University. The report is the first part of an ongoing evaluation being undertaken by I-SPHERE of Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder programme.

Hard Edges Scotland | June 2019

Hard Edges Scotland was commissioned by Lankelly Chase and The Robertson Trust and authored by Heriot-Watt University. The research highlights the mismatch between the multiple disadvantages people face and the fact that services are often set up to address ‘single issues’. 

Temporary Accommodation in Scotland | November 2018

This study, funded by Social Bite on behalf of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, aims to provide a detailed understanding of the nature, purpose and use of temporary accommodation across Scotland to inform ongoing policy development and implementation.

Ending Rough Sleeping | December 2017

The study aims to explore what works to end homelessness for rough sleepers. 

Eradicating ‘Core Homelessness’ in Scotland’s Four Largest Cities | October 2017

Social Bite commissioned Heriot-Watt University’s Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) to conduct research to provide an evidence-informed framework within which sector-led solutions can be coordinated to eradicate ‘core’ homelessness. 

Turning Point Scotland’s Housing First Project Evaluation | December 2013

The Housing First pilot was developed by Turning Point Scotland (TPS) in response to high levels of repeat homelessness amongst people with active substance misuse problems in Glasgow. It has involved a three-year pilot running from October 2010 until September 2013. This report presents the findings from an independent evaluation of the pilot.