Transitional Housing Toolkit
Housing First Approach
"Housing First" is an approach that centers on providing people who are homeless with housing as quickly as possible and then continuing to provide support services as needed. This model places an emphasis on housing as a safe, stable space for individuals to then work on the challenges that contributed to their homelessness. Contrasting services often only provide supportive services while the individual is within program's temporary shelter or housing. This model has had significant success rates in reducing homelessness and increasing safety.
The following resources from the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) provide more information about the Housing First Approach.
- Explaining the Housing First Approach
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Housing First Approach
- Domestic Violence Housing First Video: The Family Resource Center
This short video, made by WSCADV and 9 Elephants Productions, shows how one program in Washington state is developing community relationships and expanding services to address the unique needs of survivors who are facing homelessness and housing instability.