Housing First results:
As of March 2021, over 560 Vermonters have participated
in the Housing First program, about 70% from rural areas.
Consistent with other site's use of evidence-based
Housing First, the program's housing retention rate —
retention rate as the percentage of tenants who are
stably housed on a given night — is 85%.
Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing program:
- Program census in excess of 200 clients
- Over 1000 hours of services provided per month
- Improved everyday functioning and general well-being
- Improved orientation towards
employment and recovery
The state of Vermont continues to estimate that Housing
First saves over $1,700,000 by supporting 220 individuals
by maintaining permanent housing in the community. In
addition, Pathways Vermont avoids over $2 million per
year in hospitalization costs.
On average per month, the program saves:
- $260,000 in psychiatric hospital stays
- $170,000 in incarceration costs
- $40,000 in emergency housing costs (motel stays)
SSVF program results:
Since 2014, the SSVF program has:
- Housed over 235 Vermont veteran families
- Avoided over 170 potential instances of homelessness
- Served over 180 children
Housing First training results:
Pathways Vermont offers a variety of training related to
housing first implementation including training
specialized in rural models for ending homelessness, a
peer-approach to Housing First, and harm reduction.
State and international clients have included Rhode
Island, Massachusetts, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain,
Bhutan, and Great Britain.
Awards and Recognition:
In May 2014, Pathways Vermont was awarded designation as
a Specialized Services Agency by the Department of Mental
Health, the first such designation awarded to a mental
health organization in Vermont since the 1980s.
For more on the program see:
Stefancic, A., Henwood, B., Melton, H., Shin, S.,
Lawrence-Gomez R., Tsemberis S. (2013).
Implementing Housing First in Rural Areas: Pathways
Vermont American Journal of Public Health, 103(2),