Although the housing stabilization approach seeks to place people into housing rapidly, the reality is that locating an appropriate unit takes time and in the meantime, families need somewhere to stay – interim housing fills that role. While in interim housing, families receive assistance to help them locate housing in the least restrictive setting possible and case management to assess their circumstances and identify other service needs. As much as possible, a family’s service needs should not delay entry into non‐time limited housing. The goal is for families to be in interim housing for the absolute minimum time necessary to access permanent housing.
Seven principles frame this work:
- Build on strengths in the existing homeless housing and services system
- Focus on housing stability
- Emphasize appropriate housing stability services to meet level, intensity, and immediacy of housing need
- Support client empowerment and choice, while fostering client accountability
- Engage and reach within communities to create equal access to housing services and supports for all families who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness
- Realign policies and dedicate funding and resources to support implementation of practices consistent with the housing stabilization approach
- Connect families to mainstream service systems and community supports to sustain long‐term housing and economic security.