Housing First

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Research: Housing First Works

Randomized trials show a high rate of success for the Housing First approach to reducing homelessness.

February 16, 2024 - Housing Matters

Two people holding sign that says "house keys not handcuffs" during an anti-homelessness event in Los Angeles, California

Homelessness on the Rise, but Pockets of Hope Exist

‘Housing First’ and other evidence-driven homelessness response programs are showing success in some cities and regions while the number of unhoused people rises across the nation.

February 8, 2024 - Brookings

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Study: How a ‘Housing First’ Approach Impacts Healthcare Access

An analysis from Denver shows that unhoused people receiving services based on a Housing First approach were more likely to access psychiatric care and had fewer emergency medical visits.

January 30, 2024 - Health Affairs

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More Cities, States Criminalizing Homelessness

As the number of unhoused Americans grows, some jurisdictions are going against the advice of advocates and imposing harsh penalties for sleeping in public spaces.

January 5, 2024 - Stateline

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How One Minnesota County Cut Homelessness by 80 Percent

While homelessness rose in most U.S. regions, Hennepin County invested heavily in programs to end chronic homelessness and get people into temporary and supportive housing faster.

December 26, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Aerial bird's eye view of unhoused encampment along roadside in Sacramento, California.

Mayors’ Meeting Focuses on Housing Crisis

As the number of unhoused Americans grows, mayors met to learn from each other and assess their needs for federal support.

November 21, 2023 - Governing

Roadside motel with turquoise room doors in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Low-Barrier Motel Shelter Is a Success—But Not an Easy One

Many guests at Motels4Now are on their second or third stays—but staff say that's doesn't equal failure, and the numbers bear that out.

September 28, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

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Houston Cut Chronic Homelessness by 60 Percent; Can It Do More?

Local housing advocates called for a commitment to bring the number of chronically unhoused people to zero.

September 12, 2023 - Urban Edge

Los Angeles Protest

Quiz: How Well Do You Understand the Homelessness Crisis?

An online questionnaire illuminates the root causes of homelessness, debunking some common myths about unhoused people in America.

March 2, 2023 - Housing Matters

Unhoused person sleeping on bench at bus stop on Baltimore street

Baltimore Sees Steep Drop in Unhoused Residents

The city exceeded its goals for providing housing and creating new affordable housing units in 2022.

February 17, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Houston, Construction

How To End Homelessness: The Houston Model

While the numbers of unhoused people in other major U.S. cities grow, Houston has managed to effectively end veteran homelessness and house more than 26,000 people since implementing a ‘Housing First’ approach a decade ago.

December 1, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

Subway Homeless

‘Housing First’ Pilot Launched in New York City

The city has started small with a “Housing First” approach to homelessness—moving 80 people experiencing homelessness into supportive housing in recent months.

November 30, 2022 - City Limits


‘Employment-First’ Program in Harris County Offers Work and Supportive Services

The Employ2Empower program pays participants $15 an hour to work on county projects and engage with service providers while they await housing.

November 4, 2022 - Houston Chronicle


Denver Announces Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot

Residents who have experienced homelessness will receive monthly cash payments to help them find and stay in stable, long-term housing.

September 22, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

A group of tents inhabited by unhoused people line a freeway overpass in Los Angeles, California

What’s at the Root of Homelessness? A Lack of Affordable Housing

Despite the common belief that drug abuse and mental illness are some of the main factors that cause people to become unhoused, a new book concludes that high housing costs and low availability, more than anything else, push people into homelessness.

July 13, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Tents lining an underpass in Los Angeles, California

Federal Funding To Boost Supportive Housing Efforts

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a $365 million package aimed at efforts to reduce homelessness and provide outreach and care for people lacking adequate housing.

June 24, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Unhoused person under a freeway overpass in Houston, Texas

How Houston Is Eliminating Chronic Homelessness

Taking a comprehensive ‘Housing First’ approach, the city of Houston has cut homelessness by 63 percent in the last decade.

June 15, 2022 - The New York Times

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What the Pandemic Taught Us About Eliminating Homelessness

Housing advocates say the additional resources made possible by federal relief funds offer a useful model for improving conditions for unhoused people.

May 24, 2022 - MinnPost

hand holding house key with house-shaped keychain and house in background

What Is Supportive Housing?

Supportive housing combines affordable housing with social services providers to help people experiencing homelessness, disability, or other hardships transition to permanent housing.

May 11, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Houston, Texas

Houston Could End Homelessness With Less Than 2,000 Housing Units

Houston's homeless response program has yielded strong results in the last few years. Just 1,900 new affordable housing units could 'effectively end' homelessness in the city.

December 2, 2021 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research

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