Housing First is an international model of accommodation provision for formerly homeless individuals, with very successful outcomes. It supports homeless people access independent accommodation in the community and provides wraparound supports in their own homes. It has a success rate of between 80 and 90%. Novas established its initial Housing First pilot in Limerick with one client in 2014. For two years this service supported some of society’s most vulnerable individuals to secure and maintain independent accommodation throughout the city. The service was entirely unfunded.
In 2016 Novas launched a new Housing First programme in partnership with the Limerick Homeless Action Team. Two dedicated Housing First workers were appointed and the remit of the service was extended to support 20 individuals to access and maintain their own accommodation with wraparound supports brought into their homes. Intensive support is provided to tenants, which affords independence, self-sufficiency, community engagement and security of tenure.
Novas’ Housing First Team offers a range of supports to tenants and landlords including a dedicated support team, rent collection arrangements, a 24/7 on-call system and an internal maintenance team. For further information on Housing First, contact Aoife Boyle on 083-3767254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.