Housing stability among homeless individuals with serious mental illness participating in housing first programs
Article first published online: 3 MAR 2009
© 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 404–417, April 2009
How to Cite
Pearson, C., Montgomery, A. E. and Locke, G. (2009), Housing stability among homeless individuals with serious mental illness participating in housing first programs. J. Community Psychol., 37: 404–417. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20303
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 3 MAR 2009
This article presents findings from an exploratory study of three programs using the Housing First approach to provide permanent supportive housing for single, homeless adults with serious mental illness and often co-occurring substance-related disorders. This approach provides direct, or nearly direct, access to housing that is intended to be permanent without requiring sobriety or psychiatric treatment. Findings from the three programs examined for this study indicate that the Housing First approach may help the hardest-to-serve chronically homeless population achieve housing stability. Of the 80 participants tracked over 12 months, 84% remained enrolled in the Housing First program for 1 year following program entry. One half of those spent every night in their Housing First unit, while the others spent some time in other living environments. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.