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Housing First programs in congregate-site facilities: can one size fit all?


Verdouw, J and Habibis, D, Housing First programs in congregate-site facilities: can one size fit all?, Housing Studies, 33, (3) pp. 386-407. ISSN 0267-3037 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02673037.2017.1346192


The ‘Pathways to Housing’ Program (PHP) is an internationally recognized reference point for solutions to chronic homelessness espousing principles of ‘Housing First’. In Australian capital cities, the introduction of Housing First has mostly taken the form of congregate-site housing, unlike the scatter-site housing that has been closely associated with PHP in the United States. This has raised questions about whether the translation of the PHP model to Australia has resulted in a loss of fidelity to the ‘active ingredients’ that explain its success. Drawing on an evaluation of two congregate-site facilities in Tasmania, we show how tensions between program fidelity and local factors shaping the program assemblage, have compromised program success in relation to flexibility of service response and client agency and choice. Our findings challenge policy-makers and service providers to attend carefully to how successful overseas programs are adapted to different policy and service contexts to ensure that features critical to their success are not lost in translation

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Homelessness, Housing First, policy lessons, congregate-site supported housing, Common Ground, realist evaluation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Social policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Verdouw, J (Dr Julia Verdouw)
UTAS Author:Habibis, D (Associate Professor Daphne Habibis)
ID Code:119058
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-07-25
Last Modified:2018-07-17

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