From USICH Regional Coordinator Bob Pulster:
In case you did not see this new tool recently released by the USICH, the USICH Housing First Checklist is a practical way to assess whether and to what degree a particular housing program is taking a Housing First approach. This easy-to-use tool allows you to look at both the program level and at the community level that will help ensure that Housing First is a core part of your community’s approach to ending homelessness. I hope you will inform your partners of the tool and encourage them to share with community leaders.
Also, here are additional resources that are available through the USICH that I am pleased to share.
- USICH and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans co-hosted a discussion on how Housing First practices can improve client outcomes in a transitional housing setting and help our nation’s Veterans and others who experience homelessness move more quickly into permanent housing.
- SNAPS Weekly Focus: Adopting a Housing First Approach Last week, HUD SNAPS encouraged communities to adopt a Housing First approach and will release further guidance and resources in the future. HUD SNAPS noted that communities should shift away from a traditional housing ready approach, which puts more barriers to housing in place, to the more proactive identification, outreach, and engagement approach of Housing First.
- USICH Solutions Database The USICH Solutions Database is a searchable source of up-to-date information drawn from around the country that federal, state, and local partners can use to further their collaborative efforts to end homelessness. Look here for our Housing First section.
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