Evidence Based Practice

Housing First

Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness that centers on providing homeless people with housing quickly and then providing services as needed. What differentiates a Housing First approach from traditional emergency shelter or transitional housing approaches is that it is “housing-based,” with an immediate and primary focus on helping individuals and families quickly access and sustain permanent housing. This approach has the benefit of being consistent with what most people experiencing homelessness want and seek help to achieve.

– from the National Alliance to End Homelessness website

Learn More

Hamilton Family Center has been among the foremost pioneers in advancing Housing First principles through our focus on Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing. Learn more about these and other promising practices in the following papers from the Homelessness Research Institute.

Ending Homelessness for Families: The Evidence for Affordable Housing
Studies consistently show that subsidized housing – with or without additional services – has helped families to leave shelter and stay out.” Marybeth Shinn, Professor of Human and Organizational Development at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

Housing Vouchers Are Critical for Ending Family Homelessness
“Those who leave homelessness with a rental subsidy are much less likely to become homeless again than those who have no subsidy.” – Jill Khadduri, past director of the Policy Development Division at the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

Resources & Tools

Hamilton Family Center developed the Housing Assessment Matrix – or HAM Tool – to efficiently and effectively determine whether a family or individual is eligible for various types of housing, and identify the most appropriate level of assistance needed to help ensure long-term housing stability.

First Avenues Housing Assessment Matrix