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for Today’s Housing Challenges

Housing First for People with Mental Illness

Welcome to our Kim Wilson Housing library. This library collection contains research studies, reports and books related to housing vulnerable populations. Come back often as we update the collection on a regular basis. 

    The principles of Housing First

    • Homelessness is first and foremost a housing crisis and can be addressed through the provision of safe and affordable housing.
    • All people experiencing homelessness, regardless of their housing history and duration of homelessness, can achieve housing stability in permanent housing. Some may need very little support for a brief period of time, while others may need more intensive and long-term supports.
    • Everyone is “housing ready.” Sobriety, compliance in treatment or even a clean criminal history are not necessary to succeed in housing. Rather, homelessness programs and housing providers must be “consumer ready."
    • Many people experience improvements in quality of life, in the areas of health, mental health, substance use and employment as a result of achieving housing.
    • People experiencing homelessness have the right to self-determination and should be treated with dignity and respect.
    • The exact configuration of housing and services depends upon the needs and preferences of the population.