The ‘housing first’ approach is a well-developed strategy to successfully and swiftly end homelessness. It is an approach that concentrates on connecting individuals and their families experiencing homelessness by means of moving them from the streets or temporary shelters into stable housing.
This approach requires no preconditions to access to stable housing like community-compliance requirements and treatment clearance, and is centered on personal choice and lifelong recovery.
The ‘housing first’ program is complemented with support intervention programs to reassure the stability of housing, hence, preventing people from returning to homelessness.
Through added support services, overall quality of living is improved among the recipients of the housing first program. Most of all, they are taught on how to foster self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.
The housing first approach added with another innovative approach has been proven to be very effective in resolving the problem of homelessness, particularly chronic homelessness.
It has resulted in improved physical and behavioral health, permanence in residency, and the reduced dependency on emergency services like rehabilitation centers, treatment facilities, jails, and other emergency departments.