• Description

This paper suggests that a well-structured "housing first" program that combines access to permanent housing, education and employment support, yields strong positive outcomes for youth. We find that youth who stay in program longer are more likely to exit into stable housing and make significant progress in achieving their employment, education, and healthy living goals. This finding holds true for youth who entered program with a variety of risk factors. Additionally, the paper identifies the program practices and policies that support these greater outcomes and ultimately save public resources.