Courtney received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University with a focus in Community and Social Justice. She became the Housing Supervisor with Equitas Health after working first as a Medical Case Manager and providing direct client care to those living with HIV. The Equitas Health Columbus housing department annually houses over 200 people living with HIV to ensure they are provided with the resources to maintain safe and stable housing. The Equitas Health housing programs implement a Housing First model to remove barriers to housing while providing voluntary supportive services aimed towards improving client-focused outcomes.
Presentation: Implementing the Housing First Model to Invoke Successful Outcomes with those who are Chronically Homeless
Time: Breakout Session 4
The notion that housing is healthcare can be seen with successful outcomes in local and national housing assistance programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Housing First framework has become a standard approach in permanent supportive housing programs, as it prioritizes client choice in not only the housing selection process but also providing voluntary supportive services to improve outcomes. Housing First has removed barriers to housing in programs that serve those who are living with a chronic condition, such as mental illness, addiction, or physical limitation. Through open discussion, participants will engage in dialogue to share best practices and experiences in relation to the Housing First model, as well as advocacy opportunities to increase housing-related services in their communities. The presenter will share experiences based on the Housing First model implemented with Central Ohio housing programs serving those living with HIV/AIDS, and will encourage conversation inclusive of housing barriers experienced by the larger LGBTQ community.
1. Participants will be able to describe the housing first model and how the framework leads to more successful participant outcomes.
2. Workshop participants will be able to describe how the impacts of safe and stable housing leads to improved health outcomes for people living with HIV.
3. Participants will feel better equipped to advocate for increased and improved housing opportunities in their communities.