Housing First is a national model for ending homelessness—with the immediate and primary focus on helping individuals and families quickly access and sustain permanent housing as an initial step in receiving services. Since 2006, Duffy Health Center has been providing services, stability and security through Housing First as clients transition out of homelessness. Our clients’ rate of housing retention is 85%.
Starting with the development of a trusting relationship, Housing First case managers carefully assess individuals and offer clients housing with support services. Throughout the transition to housing, and for up to a year afterwards, case managers work with clients to reach their goals for self-sufficiency and independence, including educating them on life skills such as budgeting, productive use of time, and forming and maintaining new relationships.
Duffy Health Center’s intensive case managers connect Housing First clients to medical care as well as substance abuse and mental health services at Duffy to help them succeed.
Positive changes in behaviors and lifestyle and reconnection to community, through: