Exploratory phase: since June 2012
Consisted of drafting and presentation to the Secretary of State, fine-tuning. The regional ministers competent in the domains of housing and social action were told of the project’s existence and pledged their political support.
Preparatory phase: starting in April 2013
Pre-coordination. Support from the Minister in charge of Urban Policy for Large Cities, Jean-Pascal Labille (communication aspects). Contact was established with the National Lottery. Preparations got underway for the 6 experiments on the ground.
Operational phase: August 2013 to July 2015
- Launch of the “evaluation” chapter (on 1/08/2013). Comparison groups were set up. Data would be compiled every six months to obtain longitudinal results. The evaluation team and the coordinator signed up for a period of 24 months.
- Launch of the “experimentation” chapter (on 1/09/2013). The first people entered housing. The teams on the ground signed up for a period of 22 months.
- At the end of September 2013, the Secretary of State unveiled the HFB project to the press.
- An interim report has been available since May 2014
Phase of consolidation and expansion: July 2015 to June 2016
The initial observations sparked the enthusiasm of the new Secretary of State Elke Sleurs.
93% of people were still housed... an early indicator that the project is working well!
A decision was then made to extend the experimentation phase for an extra year (until July 2016) and to extend it to include three new medium-sized urban areas: Hasselt, Molenbeek and Namur.
The final results will be unveiled on 9 June 2016 at the closing event which will be open to all.
Post-experimental phase: maintaining and extending practices in the 3 Regions, after June 2016
Every HFB supporter is working to raise awareness among the regional and local authorities of Housing First practices. Without them there would be no continuity.