What Does ‘Housing First’ Mean? We Ask Pathways to Housing PA to Explain


By Zari Tarazona

During the 1990s, Sam Tsemberis founded Housing First while running a homelessness program in New York. Nonprofit Horizon House was the first to use the model in Philadelphia. Housing programs tend to put up a lot of unnecessary barriers for people experiencing chronic homelessness, Tice said. Those barriers can be sobriety, medication or a drawn-out application process, he added. Housing First doesn’t have those requirements.

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