In 1992, a group of business and church leaders in downtown Mobile met to discuss the growth in numbers of street homeless and their impact on redevelopment of the area. It was decided to address and develop a community plan for addressing the issues involved in a way that would benefit economic development while meeting the needs of the homeless.Since its inception, Housing First has been at the forefront of innovative solutions, steadfastly committed to the belief that housing is a fundamental human right.

In the early years, Housing First focused on grassroots efforts to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services to those in need. Recognizing the limitations of traditional approaches that required individuals to meet strict criteria or undergo extensive programs before accessing housing, Housing First pioneered a revolutionary approach.

Embracing the Housing First model, the organization shifted its focus to prioritize immediate access to permanent housing without preconditions or barriers. This paradigm shift marked a transformative moment, challenging conventional wisdom and paving the way for a more humane and effective response to homelessness.

Over the years, Housing First has expanded its reach and impact, growing its portfolio of programs and services to meet the diverse needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. From rapid rehousing and transitional housing to outreach and supportive services, Housing First remains dedicated to providing comprehensive support tailored to each individual’s unique circumstances.

As Housing First continues to evolve and adapt to the changing landscape of homelessness, its commitment to its core values remains unwavering. With a steadfast belief in the power of housing as a catalyst for positive change, Housing First continues to work tirelessly towards its ultimate goal: to end homelessness and build a future where everyone has a place to call home.