Housing First

Housing ends homelessness, it's that simple.

Dr. Sam Tsemberis, housing first originator

For the first time in my life, I'm not living a program. I am living my life.

youth with lived experience of homelessness, now living in supportive housing

People do better when they are stabilized in housing as soon as possible.

Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)

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.

For more housing first information, see below. Also, find published articles by clicking here and/or clicking here