Housing First has been adopted internationally as best practice for providing sustainable housing for people who have experienced long term or recurring homelessness. Underpinning the model is a clear set of principles that outline the approaches and core values of Housing First.
Housing First was originally developed in the United States, in response to the health crisis in New York in the 1990s to offer immediate access to safe, affordable, and permanent housing, partnered with all of the supports necessary to address the person’s mental health, health, and other social needs through a wrap-around support model.
The model was a huge success and has since been adopted in many places, including throughout Europe and North America and well as Australia. It is broadly accepted as the gold standard in terms of its delivery of positive housing and health outcomes for individuals who are chronically homeless and has a strong evidence base in reducing homelessness for people accessing it.
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