Communities that are reducing homelessness have a clear Housing First orientation. In a nutshell, Housing First means that all of Metro Denver's efforts are focused on finding suitable housing options for everyone experiencing homelessness with little to no preconditions. People are not screened out of housing because of lack of income, inability to remain sober, lack of compliance with medication, or histories of justice involvement.
Studies show that Housing First works even for people with the most complex health and behavioral needs and for those who have had very little success in more traditional housing programs. Housing First leads to better housing retention rates and better health outcomes. It's controversial but it works.