The City is using the "Housing First" model to reduce the impact of chronically homeless individuals on the community by providing low-barrier supportive housing.
Housing First is an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness.
The City is working with Catholic Housing Services/Catholic Community Services to build a permanent supportive apartment facility with on-site services and case management for 65 chronically homeless individuals, many of whom struggle extensively with mental illness and addiction.
Read more about the City's supportive housing facility.
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These principles lay the foundation for Everett's commitment to using the "Housing First" approach in the Safe Streets plan.
Following guidance from the Safe Streets plan, these action items are Everett's next steps in combating homelessness and other street-level issues using the "Housing First" model.
Lloyd Pendleton was the featured speaker at the Nov. 16, 2015 housing forum in Everett. For more than eleven years Lloyd has been an advocate for the homeless. In 2004 as a part-time loaned executive, he took the lead in writing and implementing the State of Utah’s Ten-Year Plan for ending chronic homelessness.
In 2006, Lloyd retired from his employment and went to work for the state as Director of the Homeless Task Force to continue implementation of the plan to end chronic homelessness and reduce overall homelessness by 2015. As of the January point-in-time homeless count, the State of Utah had reduced their chronic homeless county by 91%.
Throughout the country, Housing First has been found to be the most effective approach to ending chronic homelessness, because it offers individuals and families immediate access to permanent affordable or supportive housing. It has been repeatedly found to yield higher housing retention rates, lower returns to homelessness, and significant reductions in the use of crisis services and institutions. In our work in this area, Housing First has been consistently recommended as a critical component of any streets safety and homelessness effort.
This model has been adopted by hundreds of communities across the United States as the most effective approach to reducing chronic homelessness.