Housing First is a consumer-driven approach that provides immediate access to permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness,without requiring psychiatric treatment or sobriety as determinants of “housing readiness” Additionally,the Housing First approach is guided by the idea that housing is a basic human right.Consumer choice is central to the Housing First model and guides both housing and service delivery. Housing First is a specific program approach,but it can also be looked at as a philosophy of service, and as a systems approach for addressing homelessness.

What is the Human Right to Housing?

Everyone has a fundamental human right to housing, which ensures access to a safe, secure, habitable, and affordable home with freedom from forced eviction. It is the government’s obligation to guarantee that everyone can exercise this right to live in security, peace, and dignity. This right must be provided to all persons irrespective of income or access to economic resources. There are seven principles that are fundamental to the right to housing and are of particular relevance to the right to housing in the United States:

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