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New Child Welfare & Supportive Housing Resources

Housing First is a proven method of ending homelessness encouraged by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that offers individuals and families experiencing homelessness immediate access to permanent affordable or supportive housing. Housing First is based on the idea that people experiencing homelessness do not need to spend long periods in shelter or transitional housing programs receiving services intended to make them “ready” to be housed. Instead, families should be offered immediate housing where they can find stability and be more likely to engage in supportive services to address their needs. Read more.

As communities, family service agencies and housing providers seek ways to best serve homeless families and children, it is important to consider various tools and best practices across all sectors. Since there is no one program that can adequately address every need, intentional partnerships between providers and agencies not only ensure families are receiving necessary and appropriate attention, but alleviate pressures on those that may be filling service gaps that other programs can address more effectively. To facilitate partnerships between Early Childhood Home Visiting and Family Supportive Housing providers, CSH and Ounce of Prevention Fund have worked together to create a Crosswalk aimed at informing and encouraging grantees of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and other home visiting providers to pursue recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging efforts to identify additional strategies to serve homeless women and children, and collaborate with community partners serving families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Read more.
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 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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