Solving Homelessness from a Complex Systems Perspective: Insights for Prevention Responses

Coordinated responses leverage flexible networks to deliver a range of services tailored to complex needs. However, policies that prioritize services on the basis of vulnerability may miss opportunities for prevention, thus contributing to overwhelming pressure on the service system.

To achieve broad and sustainable reductions in housing insecurity, homelessness prevention must be fully integrated into existing service networks. Prevention-oriented policies that ensure timely responses to housing insecurity extend the housing first philosophy and leverage the considerable capacity of homeless services.

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Patrick J. Fowler, Peter S. Hovmand, Katherine E. Marcal, Sanmay Das