Housing First model may find home in Vancouver

first_imgo “Housing First” research and references.o Report finds significant health care savings and improvement in quality of life for most Bud Clark Commons residents.Share and the Council for the Homeless have adopted a Vulnerability Assessment Tool developed by Seattle’s Downtown Emergency Service Center. The VAT lets outreach workers determine who is having the hardest time surviving the streets by scoring each homeless person according to detailed criteria in 10 vital areas. For example:o Survival skills: Does the person have street smarts or fail to recognize risky situations, opportunistic “friends,” dangerous predators? Has the person already been a crime victim?o Basic needs: Can the person feed and maintain self, or is there little awareness of hygiene and human needs?o Medical problems: Is the person healthy or suffering from wounds and injuries, chronic problems like diabetes or hepatitis, or a serious disease?o Mental acuity and health: Can the person pay attention and understand? Is there mental decline or dementia? Is there treated or untreated serious mental illness?last_img

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