Housing First

Pathways to Housing; the Housing First, Harm Reduction Model

We belive that housing is a basic human right.

It's that simple.

whiteboard on an office door that reads "Thank you! Be well"

Fastening a seatbelt before driving a vehicle, applying sunscreen before a day at the beach, and putting on a helmet before riding a bicycle are strategies many use to reduce the harm associated with potentially risky every day activities. The desire to stay safe is a natural instinct, particularly when the health and wellness of ourselves and those around us may be at risk. Recognizing this risk and taking steps to protect ourselves is the foundation of harm reduction.

Housing First is a human right
Our most basic needs for survival are food, water, warmth, and rest, but a person is only able to maintain these things if they first have safety and security. Housing First is a philosophical approach that says, let’s start with a permanent place to live.
Philadelphia has a 26% poverty rate, one of the highest in the nation. Of that 26%, nearly half (12.2%) are living in deep poverty, with incomes below 50% of the federal poverty limit. Even before the shutdown, people were struggling to make it day by day.
Renaldo “Cuba” Sanchez was referred to Pathways in January 2015, and it took four long years of building trust before he was ready to move into his new home.
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