The ‘Housing First’ Model
Ritter Center is proud to be a leader in the evidence-based practice of Housing First, an approach to serving people experiencing homelessness that recognizes a homeless person must first be able to access a safe place to live without a limit to the length of stay before stabilizing and improving health, reducing harmful behaviors, and increasing income.
Housing First recognizes that people must access basic necessities such as a safe place to live and food to eat before being able to achieve quality of life or pursue personal goals. Housing First does not mean housing only. Housing First is a clinical program with a housing component that recognizes that care coordination of medical care, behavioral care, and other supportive services is essential for housing stability and improved quality of life.
We know that housing is medicine for our patients. We don’t give up because a home is a sanctuary and we all deserve a place to feel safe.