Sep 10, 2013
Two “buzzwords”/ hot topics in the housing sector: Rapid Rehousing and Housing First. Both of these ideas essentially follow the belief of: “move a person experiencing homelessness into permanent housing as quickly as possible to have the best outcomes.”
Sounds great, right? In some cases and in some places, it has been; (initially, at least—we don’t have much long-term data yet). And research has shown that when dealing with specific populations—chronically homeless single men, for instance—the practice has been largely successful.
However, I think, and new research shows, that for families, Housing First is not always the answer.