New model will prioritize homeless families with children to get a permanent home.

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Children Housing First is a model developed by IUR member Martin Grander – in collaboration with Skåne Stadsmissionen, Save the Children, and AFRY. The model aims to counteract homelessness for families with children in Sweden. 

Grander’s research has shown the negative impact of homelessness in children. The lack of permanent housing undermines children’s ability to perform in school, reduces leisure time, impairs relationships, and disturbs food, play, and rest routines. These consequences are carried into adulthood, reducing opportunities for good health and work. 

Therefore, the Children Housing First model proposes short and long-term solutions to prioritize families with children to get a first-hand contract. The City of Malmö is analyzing the model and looking for ways to get it implemented.

You can watch this video to learn more about the project (Swedish only).