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The FOR-HOME study


About the study

FOR-HOME is the largest study in the UK of the resettlement of homeless people. It followed up 400 single homeless people aged 16 years and over who were rehoused from hostels and other temporary accommodation into independent housing in London, Nottinghamshire, and South Yorkshire.

The study was funded by the ESRC, and conducted by Tony Warnes and Maureen Crane at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with six leading homelessness organisations: Broadway, Centrepoint, Framework, St Anne’s, St Mungo’s and Thames Reach.

The final report, Moves to Independent Living, has rich information about the study participants’ experiences during the first 18 months after being rehoused, the problems they faced and overcome, and the factors that influence resettlement outcomes.

A follow-up study, Rebuilding Lives, runs 2013-2014.

Final report

Moves to Independent Living. Single homeless people's experiences and outcomes of resettlement. Final report of the FOR-HOME study (pdf, 1,045 KB)

Printed copies of the report are available from Tony Warnes, SISA, Samuel Fox House, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU (price £12.50 including postage).


Crane, M., Warnes, A.M., Barnes, J. & Coward, S. (2013, online) 'The resettlement of homeless young people: their experiences and housing outcomes', Social Policy and Society.

Warnes, A.M., Crane, M. & Coward, S. (2013, online) 'Factors that influence the outcomes of single homeless people’s rehousing', Housing Studies.

Crane, M., Warnes, A.M. & Coward, S. (2012) 'Preparing homeless people for independent living and its influence on resettlement outcomes', European Journal of Homelessness, 6(2): 17-45.


Crane, M., Warnes, A.M. & Joly, L. (2013) 'Outcomes of the resettlement of single homeless people', Homelessness and Support Division, Department for Communities and Local Government, London, 27 June.

Crane, M. & Warnes, A.M. (2012) 'The influence of housing and neighbourhood characteristics on resettlement outcomes for single homeless people' [pdf, 578 KB], European Research Conference, European Federation of National Organizations Working with the Homeless, York, 21 September.

Crane, M. & Warnes, A.M. (2011) 'Resettling single homeless people: the challenges of policy changes and needed adjustments', Working Together to End Homelessness and Rough Sleeping, Inside Government Conference, London, 8 December.

Warnes, A.M. & Crane, M. (2011) 'The challenges of and returns from a longitudinal study of the resettlement of single homeless people', APHA meeting, Caucus on Homelessness Symposium, Washington DC, 1 November.

Crane, M., Joly, L. & Warnes, A.M. (2011) 'Single homeless people who are rehoused: their experiences and needs', Making Research Count, King's College London, 4 October.

Crane, M. & Joly, L. (2011) 'The needs of single homeless people who are rehoused' [pdf, 211 KB], Irish Council for Social Housing Conference: Housing Ireland 2020: Solutions for a New Environment, Galway, 28 September.

Warnes, A.M. & Crane, M. (2011) 'Challenges of the Coalition government’s reforms to the effective resettlement of single homeless people', Housing Studies Association conference, University of York, 13-15 April.

Warnes, A.M. & Crane, M. (2010) 'Strengths and weaknesses of the resettlement of single homeless people: the FOR-HOME evidence', Making Research Count, University of Keele, 9 December.

Crane, M., Warnes, A.M., Coward, S. & Montfort, J. (2010) 'The preparation of homeless young people for independent living and their experiences when rehoused', Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth International Conference, University of Sheffield.

Warnes, A.M., Crane, M. & Coward, S. (2009) 'Research to promote evidence-based services', Research Forum, Homeless Link, 8 December.

Warnes, A.M., Crane, M. & Coward, S. (2009) 'Formerly homeless people’s perceptions and experiences of resettlement into social housing and private-rented tenancies', Regional Studies Association Conference, London, 27 November.

Warnes, A.M., Crane, M. & Coward, S. (2009) 'The experience and outcomes of resettlement into private rented tenancies: findings from the FOR-HOME study', CRISIS conference: The Private-rented Sector: Making it Work for Homeless Households, Birmingham, 22 October.

Crane, M., Coward, S. & Warnes, A.M. (2009) 'The resettlement of older homeless people into independent housing', UK Coalition on Older Homelessness, October.

Warnes, A.M., Crane, M. & Coward, S. (2009) 'Coping on marginal incomes: homeless people who are rehoused', European Research Conference: Homelessness and Poverty, Paris, 18 September.

For more information, please contact. Maureen Crane, email:  or Tony Warnes, 0114 222 2083 email:  

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