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Housing First 101 – A Quick Guide for Health Centers

Year Developed: 2023

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This resource provides a guide to Housing First, the basic idea that everyone is ready for housing regardless of the complexity or the severity of their needs. Most importantly, it is more than a project or program model, it is a system-wide framework. Housing First stands opposed to the “Housing Ready” approach where patients must achieve certain benchmarks, such as consistent sobriety or engagement with a healthcare provider, before receiving housing placement.

Resource Details: Housing First is the basic idea that everyone is ready for housing regardless of the complexity or the severity of their needs. Most importantly, it is more than a project or program model, it is a system-wide framework. Housing First stands opposed to the “Housing Ready” approach where patients must achieve certain benchmarks, such as consistent sobriety or engagement with a healthcare provider, before receiving housing placement. Evidence tells us that access to safe, quality, affordable housing—and the supports necessary to maintain that housing—constitutes one of the most basic and powerful social determinants of health and why housing itself is healthcare.

Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.

Keywords: Housing.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.