Research shows that use of a Housing First model leads to better outcomes for people who have been homeless, and better outcomes for communities. In the most recent CoC funding round, some new providers committed to operate in a Housing First model, and others have committed to shift to this model in the future.
We often throw around the term “housing first” without defining it. Are you really using the model?
Here’s a great resource to find out: from the USICH, The Housing First Checklist: A Practical Tool for Assessing Housing First in Practice. Take the quick assessment, and see what you can do to be more aligned with the model.