Housing is the only true way to end a homeless episode.
For years, HopeWorks has used the Housing First Model in each of our programs. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, clients report an increase in perceived levels of autonomy, choice, and control in Housing First programs. 98% of homelessness individuals who are placed into some sort of permanent supportive housing remain stably housed.
In addition, clients using supportive services like case management are more likely to participate in job training programs, attend school, discontinue substance use, have fewer instances of domestic violence, and spend fewer days hospitalized than those not participating. For people with mental or behavioral issues, housing (coupled with case management) remains a key component for long term stabilization.