As communities are implementing the Housing First Approach in their homeless crisis response systems, they sometimes struggle with taking the approach from a set of guiding principles to policy and procedures in their projects. This set of resources can assist communities and agencies in implementing Housing First in their projects. Regardless of project type, the Housing First approach can be utilized to reduce barriers to access for project participants and to maintain project participation.
Disclaimer: Documents in this toolkit are not official HUD resources and may not be in alignment with HUD guidance. Please review and use at your own risk.
From the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s (CSH) Supportive Housing Quality Toolkit, this resource provides a brief overview of the philosophy of Housing First as well as how to streamline access into housing.
Date Published: 2018
This checklist was designed to help assist communities in making a quick assessment of whether and to what degree housing projects – and entire systems – are employing a Housing First approach.
Date Published: September 2016
The National Alliance to End Homelessness’s (NAEH) one pager on the Housing First approach outlines the foundational framework of Housing First, as well as the guiding principles behind the approach and studies that have shown Housing First’s effectiveness.
Date Published: April 2016
This resource provides communities guidance and steps to take to message, implement, evaluate, and sustain a Housing First model within their projects. This toolkit has a mental health focus and was created specifically for Canadian communities, but is incredibly helpful for U.S. communities as well.
Date Published: 2014
This toolkit provides a resource for communities that are planning on shifting their projects to Housing First models. It outlines questions to consider before adopting a Housing First approach, the different phases and steps that are required in the process, a sample logic model, and other tips.
Date Published: August 2009
From the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s (CSH) Supportive Housing Quality Toolkit, this resource looks at how to ensure tenants are provided proper voluntary services in a respectful, non-judgmental manner the supports a client-centered approach.
Date Published: 2018
From CSH’s Supportive Housing Quality Toolkit, this page gives a brief overview of concepts such as m otivational i nterviewing, trauma- informed care, stages of change, and h arm r eduction.
Date Published: 2018
This sample tenant manual was developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy in collaboration with CSH . It is specifically designed as a resource for supportive housing providers working with families, especially those families involved with the child welfare system. While not explicitly Housing First focused, the manual implicitly takes on a Housing First lens. It may be most useful to projects serving families at a single site such as an apartment building or a cluster of apartment units managed by the same housing provider.
Date Published: May 2016
This document provides a framework for practice in family supportive housing settings. It is intended to be a capacity-building tool for those who are designing or already providing case management services for families living in supportive housing.
Date Published: March 2016
*It is important to note that although these resources are geared toward specific project types, the lessons and tools provided in these resources can be applied to any project type.
This guide provides the framework for developing a “rights-based intervention for young people (aged 13-24) who experience homelessness, or are at risk.” Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) is designed to supplement traditional Housing First models to support the specific needs of and challenges faced by youth experiencing homelessness.
Date Published: 2017
The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) kicked-off The Emergency Shelter Webinar Series, a six-month installment of webinars and complementary resources and tools dedicated to guiding and supporting communities interested in improving the way they serve those experiencing homelessness and in need of shelter. This multi-faceted campaign is for anyone looking to improve shelter outcomes in their community.
Date Published: April 2017
Providers can use this toolkit to design a new rapid re-housing program or to improve their current rapid re-housing practice and includes a Housing First lens. The toolkit provides clear guidelines on the goals, project policies, and staff activities of an effective program and can be used to onboard new staff and improve the practice of current staff of any rapid re-housing project.
Date Published: October 2016
This resource page outlines the nine hallmarks of recovery-focused housing environments and provides an example from Ohio.
Date Published: August 2016
This fact sheet outlines how Permanent Supportive Housing projects can and have adopted a Housing First a pproach to housing formerly homeless clients. The fact sheet touches upon components of Housing First such as choice of housing, separation of housing and services, integration, rights of t enancy, and a ccess to h ousing.
Date Published: June 2014
This resource page outlines the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) six key principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions that address trauma’s consequences and facilitate healing.
Date Published: August 2015
This manual introduces the concept of trauma and offers a framework for becoming a trauma-informed organization, system, or service sector. The manual provides a definition of trauma and a trauma-informed approach, and offers 6 key principles and 10 implementation domains.
Date Published: October 2014