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In The Spotlight

  • This past October, CSH officially launched the One Roof campaign to help policymakers and communities address the needs of families at the intersection of housing instability and child welfare-involvement. Learn more. Over 175 individuals and organizations have endorsed the campaign. You can join the growing list of activist committed to ending intergenerational poverty by promoting the One Roof action plan to lift vulnerable families out of the despair of insecurity and eliminate obstacles that threaten the well-being of children. Endorse One Roof.
  • CSH co-hosted a community symposium in Broward County Florida with the HEART Alliance for Sustainable Families, its lead organization, KIDS, Inc., and the State of Florida Department of Children and Families. Raphael López, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), joined with County government leaders, regional child welfare agencies, family and children service providers, local early-childhood advocates, and regional affordable housing organizations to focus attention on the national demonstration and local efforts to help vulnerable families change the trajectory of their lives away from trauma toward healing. 80 people gathered in Fort Lauderdale to learn about the work in Broward County to preserve and support families in this generation and the next, and to join the important conversation on how child welfare and housing systems can work together to ensure a better future for our children. Read the Call to Action generated by the symposium.
  • Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) from across the San Francisco Bay Area (including Contra Costa, Alameda, Marin, Richmond, and San Francisco) participated in a forum hosted by US Department of HUD Region IX and CSH. Representatives from United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Regional Office of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) were also in attendance. The intention of the meeting was to 1) educate counties that neighbor San Francisco on the Families Moving Forward Program (FMF) and 2) discuss ways in which multiple counties might work together to facilitate housing placement and stabilization for families in the region. The meeting results were highly promising and there is preliminary commitment from the housing authorities and HUD to develop consistent policies and procedures for families being served by the Family Unification Program (FUP). It was determined that changes will be institutionalized through a common amendment to the administrative plans in each jurisdiction or through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) across the participating PHAs.
  • In lieu of conducting the Housing Solutions for Child Welfare-involved Families National Learning Community in December, the Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center worked with the One Roof campaign to host and implement the One Roof Keeping Families Together Training Academy, which is specifically designed to help communities develop housing solutions for families at the intersection of homelessness and child welfare-involvement. The inaugural cohort of the Academy, comprised of teams from nine communities across the country, has completed three of four scheduled trainings with the last one planned for January 2017. After receiving an overview, the second training examined the key service principles and outcomes associated with Keeping Families Together. The third focused on collaboration between housing and child welfare, and the fourth will concentrate on targeting high-need families. The application process to participate in a future cohort will open again during the First Quarter of 2017 and interested teams will be encouraged to apply for the next round of trainings within the Academy structure. For more information, email
Five grantees representing over 65 public and private collaborations are part of the national Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System and are implementing family supportive housing in their communities. Visit the Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center online for more detailed information about the local demonstrations. The Resource Center provides expert technical assistance to the five demonstration sites and is managed by CSH. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children, & Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), and four national foundations developed the $35 million public-private partnership designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of supportive housing for child welfare-involved families. Collaborating  and funding foundations include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, and Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.
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