The Housing Minister has visited an Anglesey project helping homeless people to find accommodation.
Rebecca Evans met staff and users at The Wallich in Llangefni, which has been part of a pilot Housing First scheme for the past five years. The project offers support to ensure they maintain a permanent home.
Housing First is set to be rolled out across Wales to tackle homelessness under plans announced in February. There are currently ten pilot schemes but the Welsh Government is still considering how the programme will be implemented nationally.
LISTEN: Rebecca Evans on her visit to The Wallich and the Housing First scheme
Rebecca Evans, who is chairing a ministerial group to assess the development of Housing First, said: ”It’s particularly impressive that 78% of people supported by the project have successfully secured and maintained accommodation, and although this project is small in scale, it is helping to improve peoples’ lives and is having a big impact.”
”We will carefully evaluate how Housing First is working as part of this work, including the Anglesey project. I am keen to see what lessons can be learned from this inspiring team, and what we can share with other pilot projects as we work with councils to spread best practice and develop Housing First approaches across Wales.”
The Wallich CEO, Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, said: ”We have learnt a lot from being the pioneers for Housing First in Wales and we look forward to sharing our best practice with the Ministerial group.”
”The Wallich strive to design innovative projects to benefit vulnerable people using the latest and best evidence we have available to us. Our experience in Housing First has laid the foundations for working in implementing Psychologically Informed Environments across our projects.”
”It is really encouraging to see the commitment from the Minister to allow this innovation to influence policy.”