Research: Housing First Works
Randomized trials show a high rate of success for the Housing First approach to reducing homelessness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baltimore Sees Steep Drop in Unhoused Residents
The city exceeded its goals for providing housing and creating new affordable housing units in 2022.
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.
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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