Policies to Address Homelessness: Housing First Approaches

V. Stanhope, D. K. Padgett, B. F. Henwood

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Housing First is an intervention developed and implemented in the United States for single adults suffering from co-occurring disorders and experiencing chronic homelessness. This group became the focus of U.S. policymakers in the 1990s due to their disproportionate burden on the social service system and the failure of traditional housing services to engage them. Utilising a right to housing and harm reduction approach, Housing First offered immediate access to permanent supported housing not contingent on sobriety or treatment participation. Housing First has demonstrated higher rates of housing stability compared with traditional programmes and reduced service utilisation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080471716
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Assertive community treatment
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Harm reduction
  • Homelessness
  • Housing First
  • Mental health services
  • Recovery
  • Severe mental illness
  • Substance abuse services
  • Supported housing
  • Supportive housing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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