Carpenter's Housing First
What is Housing First?
Housing First is a form of permanent supportive housing that operates under the philosophy that safe, affordable housing is a basic human need and a prerequisite for effective treatment of complex issues like mental illness, substance abuse, and other obstacles common among those experiencing chronic homelessness. With stable housing in place, first, chronically homeless individuals and families have a greater ability to focus their energy on overcoming the obstacles that have often prevented them from gaining and maintaining permanent housing. Housing First is currently endorsed by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) as a "best practice" for governments and service-agencies to use in their fight to end chronic homelessness in America.
Since the fall of 2012 we have been providing supportive housing in the Carpenter's House. In early 2014, we purchased four lots on our block. In February 2015 we purchased a fifth lot on our block. With the help of a team of knowledgeable leaders from various key fields, we have been developing a long term strategic plan for the development of these properties and the expansion of our Housing First ministry. For more information on our progress send us a message on our contact page. To donate to the development of future supportive housing units click the following link:
• To help chronically homeless individuals remain in
• To provide an environment that allows residents to
experience a real sense of Home.
• To provide opportunities and support for holistic
growth: spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically
• To provide opportunities and support for healthy
involvement in the community and society at large.
• To help participants increase skills and/or income
to live as independently as possible.
Supportive housing is a successful, cost‐effective combination of affordable housing with services that helps people live more stable, productive lives. Supportive housing works well for people who face the most complex challenges—individuals and families who have very low incomes and serious, persistent issues that may include substance use, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS; and may also be homeless, or at risk of homelessness. (Corporation for Supportive Housing, www.csh.org)