A longitudinal and comparative assessment
The teams on the ground and tenants in the programme were monitored by an evaluation team for two years.
Developments within the HFB target group were compared to the trajectories of homeless people who have followed the traditional pathway of assistance in Belgium.
In total, 378 people were regularly visited by an evaluation team.
In parallel, an efficiency analysis has been carried out (examination of the cost-impact ratio) by an external group: IDEA Consult.
Aside from France and Spain, Belgium is the only country in Europe to have a comparative follow-up in this way.
In Canada, a large-scale study (involving over 2000 people) confirmed the “master-purchasing” aspect of Housing First practices for homeless persons with the most vulnerable profiles (Further reading: Canada report).
- Romain Liagre, Doctor of Geography, at Strada,
- Marjorie Lelubre, Doctor of Sociology, at the Observatory for serious precariousness and exclusion from housing at the Relais Social de Charleroi,
- Charlotte Brosius, Social Sciences Researcher at Steunpunt Algemeen Welzijnswerk.
- Coralie Buxant, Doctor of Psychology, general and scientific coordinator of Housing First Belgium.