Housing First

Overview

Housing First is a model of housing assistance that centers on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing first and then providing voluntary services as needed and desired. Housing First programs operate under the assumption that everyone is ready for housing.

In addition to the basic idea of providing housing first, Housing First programs share a few critical elements, including:

• Rapid exit from homelessness

• Minimal barriers to program entry

• Voluntary Supportive Services

• Housing Focused Assistance

All homeless projects in the Ohio BoSCoC must adopt a Housing First approach. Adoption of Housing First practices will be documented via program policies and procedures, and any other relevant documents, that evidence the incorporation of the practices into the design and operation of the project.