Housing Assistance Matters Initiative

2020-07-30T04:27:42-04:00July 16th, 2020|Latest Publications|

Decent and affordable housing has far-reaching consequences for people’s health, quality of life, and access to opportunities, but these consequences are not always well understood. To inform public debate about assisted housing policy and strengthen policy outcomes, Housing Assistance Matters highlights research and analysis about the need for and benefits of well-managed public and [...]

Young Homeless People Are Struggling to Stay Safe During the Pandemic

2020-06-06T09:57:55-04:00June 6th, 2020|Latest Publications|

Across the country, one in 10 young adults aged 18-25 experience some form of homelessness in a given year. An estimated one third of them live in California. Were California its own country, it would have the fifth largest economy in the world, just behind Germany and ahead of the United Kingdom. It’s a “nation [...]

How the Coronavirus Made Ending Homelessness Even More Critical

2020-06-06T09:52:04-04:00June 6th, 2020|Latest Publications|

COVID-19 has forced Lou Ortenzio to assume a new role. “My new job,” Ortenzio, executive director of the Clarksburg Mission in Clarksburg, West Virginia, said, “is getting here in the morning, finding people clustered around and having to tell them, ‘You’ve gotta go.’” The mission offers emergency shelter to up to 50 people a night and has [...]

Why Don’t Homeless People Just Go Home to Their Family?

2020-06-06T09:44:59-04:00June 6th, 2020|Latest Publications|

It’s common to see a homeless person on the street and wonder why they aren’t living with their family. Surely they must have a support system; after all, we all come from somewhere. If worse came to worst, couldn’t we just go back, even though it might be embarrassing? It’s like a knee-jerk reaction: “If [...]

Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction Manual

2020-04-29T11:48:16-04:00April 28th, 2020|Latest Publications|

Housing First is the most discussed method in Europe in terms of combatting homelessness. Within a relatively short period of time the concept has been widely disseminated, but what is the Housing First model, exactly? A lot of questions have been raised in recent years: what components and elements must be included in this model? [...]

Housing First In Permanent Supportive Housing

2020-04-29T11:45:59-04:00April 28th, 2020|Latest Publications|

What is Housing First? Housing First is an approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements. Supportive services are offered to maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness as opposed to addressing predetermined treatment [...]

The Applicability of Housing First Models to Homeless Persons with Serious Mental Illness

2020-04-29T11:33:00-04:00April 28th, 2020|Latest Publications|

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report presents the findings from an exploratory study of the Housing First approach of providing permanent supportive housing to single, homeless adults with mental illness and cooccurring substance-related disorders. In recent years, Congress and the leadership of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have encouraged the development of permanent [...]

The Use of Trauma-Informed Care in Programs Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness

2020-04-29T11:43:28-04:00April 28th, 2020|Latest Publications|

ABSTRACT: Using a qualitative research design, the purpose of this research was to explore practitioners understanding and utilization of trauma-informed care (TIC) as well as factors that facilitate or deter its’ implementation within transitional housing programs for families experiencing homelessness. Directed content analysis was used with a theoretical framework including trauma theory, the Consolidated Framework [...]

Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services

2020-04-29T11:39:55-04:00April 28th, 2020|Latest Publications|

Many individuals who seek treatment in behavioral health settings have histories of trauma, but they often don’t recognize the significant effects of trauma in their lives; either they don’t draw connections between their trauma histories and their presenting problems, or they avoid the topic altogether. Likewise, treatment providers may not ask questions that elicit a [...]

Shelter from the Storm: Trauma-Informed Care in Homelessness Services Settings

2020-04-29T11:37:58-04:00April 28th, 2020|Latest Publications|

Abstract: It is reasonable to assume that individuals and families who are homeless have been exposed to trauma. Research has shown that individuals who are homeless are likely to have experienced some form of previous trauma; homelessness itself can be viewed as a traumatic experience; and being homeless increases the risk of further victimization and [...]