housing first austria

Kdo stojí za projektem: BAWO - Wohnen für alle / BAWO - housing for all

Odpovědná osoba: Gerhard Schützinger


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O čem projekt je?

housing first austria & “arriving home“ (hfö) accompany 2.000+ homeless people into a new home and establish a system bound to eradicate homelessness. hfö makes affordable apartments accessible for those most in need. Upfront costs, deposits and moving costs – often a hurdle for people affected by poverty – are covered by the project. Needs-based social work is provided in addition. hfö is the multi-stakeholder alliance needed for structural change, bringing together 25 NGOs and 70+ limited-profit housing associations (GBV), with funding by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs.


High costs of living, a competitive housing market, and exclusion make homelessness a risk for many. 20,000 people are registered as homeless, but nearly double this figure may be at risk. Homelessness is often managed rather than solved. Although Austria has a strong affordable housing sector, the required upfront costs are a significant barrier to people living in poverty. 


Homelessness ends with a home. Beneficiaries of housing first austria – arriving home (hfö) move directly into an affordable apartment with their own rental contract. Social workers support them throughout this process. The required upfront costs, deposits, moving costs, and social work are covered by project funds. hfö solves homelessness through housing inclusion and makes affordable homes accessible to those who need them most. 


BAWO, the Austrian umbrella organisation of homeless support services, coordinates the project nationally. 25 NGOs currently implement hfö in their regions. hfö cooperates closely with the limited-profit housing sector (GBVs) to make affordable apartments available where needed. Over 70 GBVs currently provide homes for our clients. The project is fully funded and supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs (BMSGPK). 


hfö will end homelessness for 2,100 people. In doing so, the project establishes a model which has the potential to end homelessness. hfö built a lasting alliance between NGOs, the housing sector, and public policy. It paved the way towards a more inclusive housing market and put eradicating homelessness on the national agenda. 


In Austria, BAWO provides NGOs with a flexible framework to implement the Housing First principles fully. A strong affordable housing sector and funding for entry costs and social work are needed to replicate hfö internationally. Political advocacy and alliance-building with housing providers are the first steps for NGOs who seek to implement hfö’s model.