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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: June 2019

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends Permanent Supportive Housing with Housing First to promote health equity for people who are experiencing homelessness and have a disabling condition. Housing First programs provide regular, subsidized housing for an unlimited period of time to people experiencing homelessness when the head of household has a disabling condition — like HIV or a mental health or substance use problem. Program participants do not have to be “housing ready,” but once they have housing, they’re encouraged — though not required — to stay sober. CPSTF found that Housing First programs: 

  • Decrease homelessness 
  • Increase housing stability 
  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce hospitalization and emergency department visits
  • Improve health and reduce the risk of death for people with HIV
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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2019). Health Equity: Permanent Supportive Housing with Housing First (Housing First Programs). Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/health-equity-housing-first-programs