Amarillo Housing First Project
Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues. Additionally, Housing First is based on the theory that client choice is valuable in housing selection and supportive service participation, and that exercising that choice is likely to make a client more successful in remaining housed and improving their life.
How is Housing First different from other approaches?
Housing First does not require people experiencing homelessness to address all of their problems including behavioral health problems, or to graduate through a series of services programs before they can access housing. Housing First does not mandate participation in services either before obtaining housing or in order to retain housing. Housing First views housing for homelessness as the foundation for life improvement. It enables access to permanent housing without prerequisites or conditions beyond those of a typical renter. Supportive services are offered to people with housing stability issues helping individual well-being, but participation is not required as services have been found to be more effective when a person chooses to engage.
200 S Tyler St., Ste. 1A
Amarillo TX 79101
Ph: (806) 414-2243
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