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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Permanent
supportive
housing

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

Improved outcomes

Mental and physical health

Youth education

Employment

Agencies need support to expand Housing First

Lack of resources

AT 30% AREA
MEDIAN INCOME...

100
families
There are an available
35
units
For every

ONLY...

of philanthropic donations go to homelessness
1%

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

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%

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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HousingFirst Lab solves these challenges by uniting resources, talent, and knowledge across sectors to end homelessness.

Sources & additional reading

Additional reading

Selection of Housing First studies

Other sources

  • Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • Neighborhood Funders Group

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