Our business is not just about homes
Our mission is about people and making the south Puget Sound region a great place to work for everyone. Although we own homes, it is people we truly serve.
We need to be prepared to meet the ever growing demand for affordable rental housing. This is not a speculative enterprise but a demand driven response to the need that is shown by state and local entities who track requests for housing. It is also driven by the over 800 requests Homes First turns away every year.
Homes First has been experiencing rapid growth as we build upon existing community housing assets. In 2018 and 2019 alone, we added 22 new units of housing to our portfolio, two of which were single family homes.
Many of our new tenants were moved directly from a shelter into their own healthy and affordable rental home. We expect to see the same growth in 2020 and for the next several years. Our objective is to make a significant contribution to our region’s basic needs for affordable family homes.
In 2020, our goal is to replicate our success in shared housing programs to provide housing that is both affordable and provides support services/case management using the Housing First model, in partnership with other community organizations. Housing First is an evidence-based, cost-effective approach to ending homelessness for the most vulnerable and chronically homeless families and individuals.
Supportive housing is a combination of housing and services intended as a cost-effective way to help people live more stable, productive lives, and is an active “community services and funding” stream across the United States.
Supportive housing is widely shown to work well for those who face the most complex challenges—individuals and families confronted with homelessness who also have very low incomes and/or serious, persistent issues and serious challenges to a successful life.