This study is a policy analysis of the Housing First model. For over the past 10 years, this model has swept the country as an innovative intervention to end chronic homelessness. Housing First provides immediate access to independent housing as well as support by an intensive case management team offering a multitude of services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment. This analysis incorporates history, policy objectives, federal influences, and relevance to foreign policies. This thesis also addresses the current short- and long-range effects of the Housing First model on the chronically homeless. Findings indicate that this policy is centered in the values of self-determination and harm reduction, and that housing is viewed as a basic right for all human beings. Findings point toward positive results. Implications for social work practice and future research are explored.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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