Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Lavonne Fox


Health Promotion; Homeless Persons


Purpose: The purpose of this scholarly project was to develop an occupational therapy intervention template that could be utilized at LaGrave on First. LaGrave on First is a new Housing First facility that opened in Grand Forks, ND during the summer of 2018. Literature reviews regarding occupational therapy and its' role with the homeless population were limited and challenging to find, especially with a Housing First emphasis. Within this scholarly project, the reviewed literature was used to develop an intervention guide that could be implemented in conjunction with other occupational therapy interventions for this population. The interventions were created for Occupational Therapist, at the Altru Healthcare Facility, who are providing services for residents of LaGrave on First.

Methodology: A thorough literature review was completed through the use of multiple databases. The databases utilized included: CINAHL, PubMED, PsycINFO, and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. While using these databases, key search terms included: homeless, homelessness, occupational therapy, intervention, and needs. Throughout the review of literature the occupational therapy students obtained statistics related to homelessness, factors, and comorbidities associated with homelessness, needs of individuals who are homeless, and occupational therapy's role in intervention with this population.

Results/Conclusion: This scholarly project is unique in that it is the first intervention template for occupational therapy services at LaGrave on First. It is the hope of the authors that the product will assist in providing quality occupational therapy intervention to residents. By doing this, it is hoped that residents will have an increased sense of well-being and health promotion in order to increase occupational participation while gaining control of their lives once again.