What “Housing First” Means
“Housing First” is a nationwide model for ending homelessness that is centered on the belief that everyone can achieve stability in permanent housing directly from homelessness, and that stable housing is the foundation for achieving other health or social services goals.
People who are chronically homeless often make extensive use of public services, such as shelters, hospitals, emergency rooms, jails, and prisons, all at great cost to the community. Permanent supportive housing leads to decreased use of all these public services, which saves money for the community. At the same time, it increases the health and wellbeing of those served. Housing First works for individuals and their communities.