Housing First University
As practitioners of the Housing First model, we have helped to end homelessness for hundreds of people previously unreachable by our traditional systems. Good people in good agencies and caring communities spend a lot of time and money trying to work with chronically homeless folks with disabilities, and it can be frustrating. What is needed is a good model.
We can help you with that. We do this work every day.
As an evidence-based practice, Housing First has not only been proven successful in ending homelessness, but is also embraced as the most cost-effective solution. You can find lots of supporting research HERE.
The Housing First Philosophy is to provide housing first, and then combine that housing with an appropriate level of supportive treatment services in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment. Housing is provided in apartments scattered throughout a community. This "scattered site" model fosters a sense of home and self-determination, and it helps speed the reintegration of Pathways clients into the community. Other site based or grouped units housing models have worked in communities with limited rental housing stock, and for targeted populations. Either way, the model shows that immediate access to housing without preconditions, paired with appropriate support services, equals success!
Our Training and Technical Assistance services are offered by "Boots on the Ground" trainers who grapple with the same issues that you do every day. Housing First is much more than theory, and you deserve to learn from people who excel at practice.
We offer assistance in in the following areas:
- Housing First: What it is & What it isn't
- Identifying and Convening Stakeholders & Building Political Will
- Identifying Funding & Maximizing Medicaid
- Using the Team Approach
- Home Visits - Why and How We Do Them
- Procuring Housing & Building Relationships with Landlords
- Practicing Harm Reduction in a Clean and Sober System
- The Peer Experience on Housing First Teams
- Integrated Healthcare and Housing First