Avesta and Preble Street: partnering to put housing first

The basic premise of Housing First is simple. If someone is experiencing chronic homelessness – meaning they are continuously homeless for a year or more,or have had four or more episodes of homelessness in three years — they are provided housing first and then given the support they need to work on other issues they may have.

Before Housing First became an accepted and proven model, people would often receive housing only after they met certain thresholds, such as sobriety, employment, or treatment for mental illness.

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