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ABA Banking Journal: A ‘housing first’ approach to homelessness

As the name implies, “housing first” is an approach to homeless assistance that focuses on providing permanent housing solutions to people without preconditions or requirements that mandate a person graduate through a series of service programs or prove “housing readiness” before they can access housing. The model reverses more traditional programming in that it views the client’s basic needs—such as food and a place to live—as paramount to addressing peripheral challenges such as substance abuse or finding a job.