Roof First

The Roof First programme is based on the idea that the very first days of life on the street have a devastating effect on an individual and that a homeless person needs first a roof and a helping hand to improve his or her life situation.

The programme allows homeless people to gain up to two months of free accommodation in dormitories or shelters. The new background and professional support allows them to breathe again and helps them to find housing, handle missing documents, social benefits, and seek employment. The patron and initiator of this programme is Vojtěch Sedláček, Czech entrepreneur, who is known for employing people with disabilities and helping homeless people. The programme has been running for over three years and has helped more than a thousand individuals and families.

The OHF took over the administration of the Roof First programme from the non-profit organization NADĚJE on January 1, 2018.

What does the programme support

  • free accomodation for people who have lost their homes

The program is designed for those who:

  • have just ended up on the street or try consistently to get out of the street
  • are in an acute situation and their further staying on the street would endanger their life
  • already reside in a facility with social worker support, but their further stay in the facility is seriously endangered

You can make donation for Roof First Programme here

More information is available on the programme's website


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