Addressing family homelessness is a complex challenge that demands an array of interventions. Children are particularly vulnerable since housing instability – such as homelessness and frequent moves – increases the likelihood that they will experience adverse consequences related to health, behavioral and educational outcomes. One approach that may be helping to end homelessness among families is known as Housing First.
The Housing First approach recognizes that people experiencing homelessness first need the safety and stability of a home in order to address other challenges. The model calls for rapid placement in homes, without mandating any preconditions. In its policy brief, Housing First Puts Children First, the Clark-Fox Policy Institute explores the merits of the Housing First approach for families with children.
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