is a proven method of ending homelessness encouraged by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that offers individuals and families experiencing homelessness immediate access to permanent affordable or supportive housing. Housing First is based on the idea that people experiencing homelessness do not need to spend long periods in shelter or transitional housing programs receiving services intended to make them â€œreadyâ€ to be housed.
Instead, families should be offered immediate housing where they can find stability and be more likely to engage in supportive services to address their needs. Read more
As communities, family service agencies and housing providers seek ways to best serve homeless families and children, it is important to consider various tools and best practices across all sectors. Since there is no one program that can adequately address every need, intentional partnerships between providers and agencies not only ensure families are receiving necessary and appropriate attention, but alleviate pressures on those that may be filling service gaps that other programs can address more effectively. To facilitate partnerships between Early Childhood Home Visiting and Family Supportive Housing providers, CSH and Ounce of Prevention Fund have worked together to create a Crosswalk aimed at informing and encouraging grantees of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and other home visiting providers
to pursue recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging efforts to identify additional strategies to serve homeless women and children, and collaborate with community partners serving families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Read more