What is Housing First?
The Housing First Model
The Housing First approach is based on the concept that a homeless individual's first and primary need is to obtain stable housing, and that other issues (i.e., disabling conditions, joblessness, poor health, alcohol addiction) that may affect the individual can and should be addressed - through case management and supportive services - once housing is obtained. In contrast, many other programs operate from a model of "housing readiness" - that is, an individual must address other issues that may have led to the episode of homelessness prior to entering housing.
It is estimated that 15 to 20 percent of Boulder County's homeless population is chronically homeless. One of the goals of The Boulder County 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness is to "provide permanent housing with supportive services to meet the long-term needs of chronically homeless individuals." Housing First is a nation-wide initiative to reduce the number of chronically homeless by providing permanent supportive housing. Housing First programs across the country have shown that this approach is both cost effective and highly successful at keeping people off the streets.
- What is Housing First
- Housing First - Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
- Denver Housing First cost-benefit analysis
- Denver Housing First communities
- Denver Housing First resident video
- Compilation of Supportive Housing Research
- Scatter Site v.s. Single Site?
- Million Dollar Murray - case study - Reno, NV
- Housing First Client Profile
Local & Statewide Homeless Initiatives
- Boulder City Council Study Session - Housing First Programs & Related Issues (Dec. 13, 2011)
- Boulder City Council Study Session -on Homelessness - SCHEDULED 10/30/12
- Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) website
- MDHI - Homeless in the Denver Metropolitan Area - 2012 Homeless Point-In Time Study
- MDHI - 2012 Homeless Point-In Time Study - Boulder County Specific
Nationwide Homeless Initiatives
- Phoenix mayor unveils new homeless initiative - housing first (CBS KPHO, October 24, 2012)
- Portland Panel Urges Regional Solution to Homelessness (Portland Press Herald, October 16, 2012)
- 180/180 program seeks long-term change for Santa Cruz County homeless (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 15, 2012)
- Chronically homeless project celebrates first-year milestone (The Salt Lake Tribune, October 15, 2012)
- 'Wet house' being considered in Michigan for homeless drinkers (Detroit Free Press, October 13, 2012)
- Giving away health care and housing saves money (The Scribe, October 8, 2012)
- Still Housing the Needy, In a Changed Manhattan (The New York Times, October 8, 2012)
- Report says $4 million would be saved by housing homeless (The Buffalo News, October 5, 2012)