Women experiencing domestic violence and abuse, in tandem with multiple disadvantage, can face significant challenges in accessing and sustaining appropriate housing. 

To address this we're working with Solace Women's Aid to deliver a pilot in Islington which applies the Housing First model in a gender-informed way.

All of the women engaged in the pilot are experiencing multiple disadvantage, including homelessness or imminent risk of homelessness. As well as tackling their housing needs, the pilot provides intensive support with a range of issues, including reporting domestic violence incidents to the police, addressing substance misuse, and using Personal Budgets to improve wellbeing and increase a sense of personal agency. 

Existing Housing First evaluation tools are being adapted to reflect the focus on domestic violence and abuse, and challenges arising in front line work will be fed into FLIC's wider system change work.