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Housing First Principles and National Webinar series

Housing First is now recognised internationally as the most successful model to end  homelessness for people with high support needs who have experienced long term or recurring homelessness.

The Housing First Principles for Australia have been developed to tailor this model to the Australian context and promote the implementation of Housing First Australia-wide.  These principles are intended to be used in the Australian context to train staff, and to design services with fidelity to Housing First.

You can browse through the eight main principles of Housing First below.

To explore each principle and related practice in more detail watch the relevant webinar from the Housing First Principles for Australia: National Webinar Series via the links on each page or link to the full webinar series here.

In the Webinar series, dedicated Australian Housing First expert practitioners introduce each principle, explore what they look like in practice and reflect on some of the challenges in delivering Housing First programs.



People have a right to a home
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Housing and support are separated
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Flexible support for as long as it is needed
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Choice and self-determination
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Active engagement without coercion
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Recovery orientated practice
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Social and community inclusion
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Harm reduction approach
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The association of Homelessness Australia (HA) with the Housing First Europe Hub (HFEH) has been made possible through the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF) in Melbourne. LMCF has funded the Council to Homeless Person’s in Victoria to support HA’s Associate Membership of the HFEH and the participation of advanced practitioners from around Australia in the HFEH Train the Trainer program to lead training of practitioners from across Australia.

These guidelines have been drafted by HF trainers Rosie Dodd (Launch Housing), Natasha Rodrigues (Micah Projects), Tamara Sequeira (Homelessness NSW) and Leah Watkins (Ruah Community Services). These organisations have provided significant in kind support to enable their employee’s participation. Ruah Community Services and the Sisters of St John of God have also directly funded Leah Watkin’s participation.

The guidelines were adopted by the HA Board on 5 March 2020.


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