Alaska Housing First Program Evaluation (2012-2014)

Richard A. Brown II, PhD
Richard Windsor, PhD
Chelsea Chapman, MA
Sarah Shimer, MPH
Travis Hedwig, PhD

Alaska Housing First Program Evaluation is a two year study evaluating the housing first model of homeless interventions. Housing First is a supportive housing model that emphasizes resident autonomy. There are currently two housing first facilities in Alaska, one located in Anchorage and the other in Fairbanks.

Recent efforts to alleviate homelessness in Alaska have introduced a supportive housing approach called the "housing first" model.Housing first is a harm reduction strategy aimed at the most vulnerable of the homeless, particularly those with multiple health and substance abuse problems.The model emphasizes stable housing as a prerequisite for addressing substance abuse and other issues and does not mandate abstinence or participation in available health service offerings.This research proposal aims to evaluate the costs associated with housing first as compared to the public burden of homelessness. This project will attempt to account for all public costs accrued by housing first residents and similar individuals who are on a housing first availability waiting list. Data will be collected from the local and government emergency response departments, law enforcement, and courts systems within Fairbanks and Anchorage, as well as all major medical centers within the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks.