Here you will find a collection of useful tools for preventing and ending homeless in our community.
HUD continues to encourage providers to implement and strengthen Housing First approaches. To support these efforts, HUD has developed this Housing First Assessment Tool. It assists providers to document how closely their projects align to the Housing First model. We can use this tool to assess and measure a project’s progress in aligning with Housing First best practice standards, and an individual project can use this tool to identify what they are doing well and where improvements can be made. The Housing First Assessment Tool can be used as an iterative tool to track progress on implementing Housing First over time, and is a great opportunity to initiate Housing First conversations among various levels of project staff. This tool identifies Housing First best practice standards, which in some instances may be more robust than what HUD has previously stated regarding Housing First, and therefore projects are invited to use this as a method for improvement.
The assessment standards are separated into the following categories: Access, Evaluation, Service, Housing and Leases, and Project-specific. The tool calculates which categories are applicable for the chosen project type, which include Coordinated Entry, Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Rapid Rehousing, and Permanent Supportive Housing.
Note: This is a macro-enabled Excel workbook (.XLSM). After you download and open this file, you will see a warning message in yellow at the top of the workbook warning you about the macros. You must click “Enable content” for the tool to function properly. Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance with the file or questions regarding how to use it, submit a question to the Ask a Question (AAQ) portal.