The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Housing First program provides single-occupancy apartments for 39 adult chronically homeless alcoholics and 1-bedroom apartments for 8 adult chronically homeless alcoholics. The building provides several common areas, including a commercial kitchen and dining room, meeting spaces, and an outdoor smoking area. Residents are allowed to drink alcohol in the privacy of their own apartments, but not in common areas. Illegal drugs are not allowed. Supportive services will be provided to promote housing success.
The evaluation used several data sources to report on program impacts, including data from public agencies, interviews with Housing First residents, and program observations. The evaluation collected outcome data prior to Housing First residency as well as quarterly throughout the time period from May 2012 to January 2013, and continues collection annually thereafter.
The evaluation provided data driven analysis of how Housing First residency affected rates of use of various resources. This in turn provided TCC – and organizations beyond – evidence of the strengths of programs such as Housing First, and can help Fairbanks and other communities make informed decisions about continuation or formation of similar programs.