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25 Mar

Policy Review Up-date: Results from the Housing First-based Danish Homelessness Strategy

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Benjaminsen, L. (2013).

Policy Review Up-date: Results from the Housing First-based Danish Homelessness Strategy. European Journal of Homelessness, 7 (2)

 

The Danish Homelessness Strategy is the only European example of a large-scale Housing First programme, involving more than a thousand participants. The Strategy is characterized by a close partnership between the local municipalities and the national level policy makers. Seventeen municipalities (out of a total of 98) representing about two thirds of the homeless population have been involved in implementing the Strategy. The Strategy combines the provision of resources for targeted initiatives with the testing of different intervention methodologies (an evidence-based approach). This means that a number of specific housing support interventions are tested in the Homelessness Strategy, and that the use of the different interventions is continuously monitored. It involves both monitoring at an individual level in terms of documenting the effectiveness of the different intervention methodologies, and monitoring at national and municipal levels.