Housing First works to end chronic homelessness by first providing stable housing and then meeting other basic needs. Studies prove once basic needs are met, individuals are more likely to focus on additional areas of their lives and make positive progress. The program’s housing model is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs — providing basic shelter first; it’s the foundation for everything else. Once a person has the basics, it’s easier to focus and address life’s other issues and struggles.
This strategy is proving successful in Springfield. Each person in this program has experienced barriers to maintaining stable housing–whether it is mental illness, a chronic health condition, substance abuse or some other long-term issue. Since living in safe, stable environments, nearly all of them are showing marked improvement in their general well-being, especially with regard to their health. Providing housing proves to be a much less expensive alternative and helps people change their lives for the better.
To find out if you qualify for this program, contact Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ One Door at (417) 225-7499 for an assessment.