‘Housing First’ is an approach to ending homelessness that centers on moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing as a first step. It provides people with immediate access to permanent housing with no housing ‘readiness’ or compliance requirements, is recovery-oriented and centres on consumer choice, self-determination and community integration.
It is a rights-based intervention rooted in the philosophy that all people deserve housing, and that adequate housing is a precondition for recovery. The approach affirms that stable housing is a primary need, and that issues, such as addictions or mental health, can be better addressed once this need is fulfilled. - The Homeless Hub
Edmonton is proud to practice Housing First and has seen an incredible increase in system savings, hope for those experiencing homelessness and the ability to help people maintain housing go up significantly.
Housing First works!