WHAT IS HOUSING FIRST?

A homelessness solution that quickly connects people to permanent housing.
1
Immediate access to permanent housing without precondition
2
Consumer choice and self-determination
3
Individualized, client-driven supports and recovery orientation

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Two primary models of Housing First

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Tenant pays 30% of income in perpetuity; intensive case management and supports. Larger investment, targeting most vulnerable populations.

Permanent
supportive
housing

Rent is partially subsidized for 6-24 months; time-limited case management. Smaller investment for those who can attain self-sufficiency.

Rapid
rehousing

Agencies are implementing
Housing First across the country

Source data: 2018 Housing Inventory Count, HUD Exchange

Denver, CO

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Share of total homeless beds available that are "Housing First"
(PSH, RRH, or Other Permanent Housing)

Housing First is the most effective method for resolving homelessness

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"People experiencing homelessness - like all people - need the safety and stability of a home to best address challenges and pursue opportunities."

- US Interagency Council on Homelessness

$25k+

per person savings from Housing First
vs. usual care

Diverted resources

Emergency medical services

Criminal justice

Shelter

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Improved outcomes

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Mental and physical health

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Youth education

Employment

Agencies need support to expand Housing First

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Lack of resources

AT 30% AREA
MEDIAN INCOME...

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100
families
There are an available
35
units
For every

ONLY...

of philanthropic donations go to homelessness
1%
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Organizational effectiveness

10%
Average grant allowance for indirect costs (vs. 35% standard for businesses)
of funds are wasted due to inefficient process"
-Denver housing provider
30%
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Agencies need support to expand Housing First

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Lack of resources

AT 30% AREA
MEDIAN INCOME...

10 people.png
100
families
There are an available
35
units
For every

ONLY...

of philanthropic donations go to homelessness
1%
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Organizational effectiveness

10%
Average grant allowance for indirect costs (vs. 35% standard for businesses)
of funds are wasted due to inefficient processes."
"30%
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Sources & additional reading

Additional reading

Selection of Housing First studies

Other sources

  • Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • Neighborhood Funders Group

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