This essay provides a critical and reflective analysis of the Housing First approach.
The US Housing First model is one approach to rehousing those experiencing chronic and street based homelessness gaining prominence in policy discourse and now being widely implemented throughout Australia. Housing First approaches are based on the concept that a homeless individual’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing, and that other issues that may impact the household can and should be addressed once permanent housing is obtained. However, there are unique features in the Australian housing market and supported housing system that create potential tensions to effectively transferring and implementing this model. The essay will provide policy makers with an answer to the question: is the Housing First model transferable to Australia?
Key RMIT researchers: Guy Johnson and Sharon Parkinson