The ‘Housing First for Sex Workers’ pilot in Leeds, which was funded through WY-FI’s Innovation and Co-production Fund and led by Basis Yorkshire, has won third place at the Homeless Link Excellence Awards.
Sue Northcott, WY-FI Programme Manager and the team from Basis Yorkshire attended the award ceremony on 3rd July in Hinkley, Leicester. Homeless Link received over 100 entries across 6 categories. The ‘Housing First for Sex Workers’ project was up against five other projects shortlisted in the ‘Innovation in Housing’ category. The ‘Innovation in Housing’ award acknowledged projects that have come up with a different or enhanced housing offer for people who have traditionally been seen as ‘hard to house’.
The ‘Housing First for Sex Workers’ pilot scheme in Leeds secured homes for a number of sex workers with extremely complex needs. Gemma Sciré, CEO of Basis Yorkshire, said: “Our non-judgemental, unconditional and flexible approach to working with sex workers is focused on reducing harm and providing choices for women. It made our service an ideal fit with Housing First.” As well as WY-FI, other partners involved in the pilot included: Barca Leeds and Foundation.
There will be an information session about the project at the WY-FI Annual Learning Event on 26th September in Leeds. Find out more and book your place here.
Links to further reading:
- Homeless Link Excellence Awards
- Housing First pilot summary
- Housing First evaluation
- Housing First news item