Housing First was presented in 2017 as a salient element of the French national strategy to fight and reduce homelessness (five-year plan 2018-2022). Already engaged in the fight for adequate and affordable housing, the Strasbourg Eurometropolitan Area immediately rose to the call and began implementing the plan with 23 other local and regional authorities. Our objective is making sure that homeless individuals and households can have rapid access to housing, as well as the necessary support they need to maintain it.
In the frame of the national Housing First philosophy, the issues at play are the following:
• Fostering access to permanent housing for homeless people.
• Developing specialised support towards and during housing that meets each household’s needs.
• Strengthening prevention policy and trying to limit the issues that can bring an individual to become homelessness.
• Mobilising vacant housing.