This toolkit is especially recommended for communities that are planning on using Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program (HPRP) funds to shift their programs to Housing First models. It outlines questions to consider before adopting a Housing First approach, the different phases and steps that are required in the process, a sample logic model, and other tips.
In the past decade, a significant shift has begun to occur in efforts to address homelessness, with agencies and communities increasingly moving away from shelter and transitional housing strategies toward prevention and Housing First approaches, which seek to maintain households in housing whenever possible and rapidly re-house those for whom homelessness cannot be prevented. The Housing First approach encompasses a diverse range of programs; however, they are guided by a number of principles. How these principles are embodied in programming varies organization to organization; however, Housing First-oriented programs typically share a number of service delivery components, which may be provided by a single agency or through collaboration with other agencies, programs, or resources.
This toolkit explains how to shift away from shelter and transitional housing strategies and toward prevention and Housing First approaches.