Housing First Checklist: Assessing Projects and Systems for a Housing First Orientation


Housing First Checklist: Assessing Projects and Systems for a Housing First Orientation

Housing First is a proven approach, applicable across all elements of systems for ending homelessness, in which people experiencing homelessness are connected to permanent housing swiftly and with few to no treatment preconditions, behavioral contingencies, or other barriers. It is based on overwhelming evidence that people experiencing homelessness can achieve stability in permanent housing if provided with the appropriate level of services. Study after study has shown that Housing First yields higher housing retention rates, drives significant reductions in the use of costly crisis services and institutions, and helps people achieve better health and social outcomes.

This checklist was designed to help you make a quick assessment of whether and to what degree housing programs — and entire systems — are employing a Housing First approach. Robust tools and instruments are available elsewhere to quantitatively measure program quality and fidelity to Housing First. This tool is not meant to take the place of those more rigorous assessments, but is intended to help Continuums of Care, individual housing and services providers, funders, and other stakeholders to communicate about, and quickly assess, alignment with key Housing First approaches. Continue reading…

Weekly Outreach

Outreach is going to Centennial Park every Thursday to assist our unsheltered and displaced neighbors with getting connected to housing programs and services.

Want to know how you can help those experiencing homelessness? More than anything we need your support! Spread the word, that THE SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS IS HOUSING.

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Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC)

Letter from Suzi

“It’s that time of year already and kids are getting ready to return to school. Many wonder what happens to schooling when kids come to AWAIC. Education is one of our top priorities for children staying in our shelter. School is often the only place where they have structure and some sense of normalcy in their lives. AWAIC works with the Anchorage School District’s Title 1 Child in Transition program to assist kids in getting back to their school of origin or another school if the parent feels it is necessary. AWAIC also works with schools to explain protective orders to ensure the child’s safety.

AWAIC has a children’s playroom for little ones and a Teen Room for those 10 and older. The Teen Room has computers for kids to do their homework and is a safe place where they can relax while in shelter. Books for all ages are available for kids to take that are donated by groups such as Delta Kappa Gamma and the Anchorage Public Library.

Our kids often come to shelter with very little and sometimes school supplies or homework get left behind. The Child in Transition program helps kids get back on track with their schooling, but they may still need basic supplies like pocket folders, colored pencils and backpacks. This month, please consider purchasing some school supplies off our Amazon Wishlist to donate to the kids. Thank you so much!”

– Suzi Pearson
Executive Director at AWAIC

HUD Regional Teams 2-Part Training Series Workshop

Through HUD’s Regional Teams TA Initiative, HUD is offering a 2-part training series workshop facilitated by expert TA providers. This workshop will run in a 2-part series and will focus on creating a data-informed culture and how communities can use data to set equitable system and project performance goals.

There will be two times offered for Part I of the series and two times offered for Part II of the series.

You MUST register ahead of time to receive the log-in information for the trainings. Using the links below, please register for the dates and times that will work best for you. To receive the full training curriculum, you will want to sign up for one (and only one) Part I time and one (and only one) Part II time. The schedule and links to register are below.

Part I
9/6 at 12:00 PM AT
https://cloudburstgroup.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JD_0CIm4Tt6BYQA-lbrriQ   OR 9/13 at 9:00 AM AT


Part II
9/8 at 12:00 PM AT
https://cloudburstgroup.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c4m82gbVS8aeIlhFbcIZww   OR 9/16 at 6:00 AM AT

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

FY 2022 CoC Program Competition Webinar – August 11, 2022 – 2:30 PM EDT 

On August 1, 2022, the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition was posted on Grants.gov.
To help CoCs and applicants successfully complete the application process, HUD is sponsoring a webinar on August 11, 2022, from 2:30 – 4:00 PM EDT. This webinar will focus on major changes in the Competition and will review the intent behind some of its changes and questions.

Training Objectives
This webinar will highlight various parts of the CoC Competition process, including:

  • Funding tiers
  • CoC Application
  • Project Application

Best practices for completing the process and discussions on how applicants should approach their responses will be highlighted.

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