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Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives

Deborah K. Padgett, Benjamin F. Henwood, and Sam J. Tsemberis


Little more than two decades ago, the “Housing First” (HF) approach pioneered by Pathways to Housing, Inc. was a small but determined challenge to the burgeoning yet ineffective service system for homeless persons. Today, the success of HF has brought about paradigm-shifting systems change not only in the homeless “industry” but in related service systems. Drawing on rigorous research and the hard work of “institutional entrepreneurs,” HF has been adopted both nationally and internationally, presenting an unusual blend of evidence-based practice and consumer choice. As a result, it has changed ... More

Keywords: Housing First, homelessness, paradigm shift, systems change, inequality, organizational theory, affordable housing, institutional logic, chronic homeless, implementation science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199989805
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah K. Padgett, author
Silver School of Social Work NYU

Benjamin F. Henwood, author
Silver School of Social Work

Sam J. Tsemberis, author
Pathways to Housing, Inc., New York City