Webinar explains the Housing First Philosophy

The Housing First Philosophy


12:00pm - 2:15pm


The Housing First model has been in use in the United States since the late 1980’s, yet many still regard it as a radical, high-risk intervention.

Common misconceptions of Housing First as an “anything goes” approach have prevented more widespread adoption of this proven successful innovation in addressing homelessness for those with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and other disabilities.

In this webinar, attendees will learn about the philosophy and key principles of Housing First, and compare success rates of Housing First against those of traditional recovery-based housing models. Attendees will explore the both benefits and challenges of working from a Housing First approach, and discuss the vital role of harm reduction in working with Housing First program participants.

Learning objectives:

1. Identify the five key principles of the Housing First model
2. Explain the benefits of Housing First vs. traditional recovery-based housing models
3. Explain the role of harm reduction in Housing First work


Andrew Spiers, LSW
Director of Training & Technical Assistance
Housing First University, a program of Pathways to Housing PA

Ryan Villagran, LSW
Training Specialist
Housing First University, a program of Pathways to Housing PA

Fees: $20 general registration; additional $5 for registration with LSW/LCSW CE credit

LSW/LCSW Continuing Education Credit: 2 social and cultural competence continuing education credits

*CE credit is available to Licensed Social Workers (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) ONLY. Due to current regulations, CE credits cannot be offered to social workers in the states of New Jersey or New York. All others: please check with your professional licensing board to see if this course qualifies for credit towards your needed continuing education hours.

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