Housing First: Lessons from the United States and Challenges for Australia

9 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2017

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Stefan G. Kertesz

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Guy Johnson

RMIT University

Date Written: June 2017


Efforts to end long‐term homelessness have embraced a Housing First approach. Housing First emphasises rapid placement of clients into independent, permanent accommodation and eschews traditionally favoured requirements that clients demonstrate sobriety or success in treatment programs prior to being offered housing. Although housing retention rates are superior to those obtained from traditional programs, some claims made on behalf of the Housing First approach remain controversial. The present article reviews results from Housing First research to date, as well as challenges and concerns that remain in regard to clinical outcomes, fidelity of implementation and application in the Australian context.

Suggested Citation

Kertesz, Stefan G. and Johnson, Guy, Housing First: Lessons from the United States and Challenges for Australia (June 2017). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 50, Issue 2, pp. 220-228, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978872 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12217

Stefan G. Kertesz (Contact Author)

University of Alabama at Birmingham ( email )

Birmingham, AL 35294-4460
United States

Guy Johnson

RMIT University ( email )

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Melbourne, 3000
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