This week we suspend our normal blogging topics to pay tribute to a great Housing First champion that we lost last week. Paula Goering was the research lead for Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi pilot project of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, testing Housing First on a national scale. This project, which resulted in over 100 published articles detailing their important findings, convinced the Canadian government to implement Housing First nationwide. It has also provided those of us in the US and other countries with a wealth of research evidence on which to make our own case and inform our practice of Housing First.
We had the pleasure of finally meeting Paula at the most recent Housing First Partners Conference in LA in March. This was quite an honor, and intimidating, as we have read many of her articles and been greatly inspired by her work. We shared a panel on Housing First Fidelity measurement and were both challenged and inspired by Paula’s astute wisdom and commitment to the Housing First model.
We encourage you to take some time to peruse Paula’s significant contributions to the literature on Housing First. Her wisdom and dedication to the Housing First model will not quickly be forgotten.