Housing First Project


Published: 24/06/2021

A joint project between Women’s Aid East & Midlothian (WAEML), East Lothian Council and ELHA, has received a two-year grant from the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Homelessness Fund.

The funding will create East Lothian’s very first Housing First project for women experiencing domestic abuse. Housing First provides ordinary, settled housing as the first response for people whose homelessness and housing insecurity is made harder by experiences such as trauma, addictions and mental health problems. 

Housing First is backed by world-leading experts in the field of homelessness, human rights and housing. Women who are subjected to domestic abuse are some of the hardest to reach, often at the highest risk and, as such, require a specialist gendered and trauma informed response. There has been increasing recognition of the linked experiences of gender-based violence, homelessness and severe and multiple disadvantages.

Housing First for Women will provide a person-centred response, addressing all of the needs of the individual.

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