Opportunities For States to Expand Supportive Housing
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) has released a summary report from its “Silos to Systems” convening that it co-sponsored in October 2011 with the Gates Foundation. The convening brought together leaders in the nonprofit, government and philanthropic sectors to brainstorm opportunities for cross-systems collaboration to better serve vulnerable families.
The summary of the convening, “Silos to Systems: Solutions for Vulnerable Families,” was released on February 13, 2012 and describes the strategies and solutions developed to improve outcomes for vulnerable families and children. The report includes the following findings:
Potential opportunities exist for states to use federal resources to catalyze an expansion of supportive housing models that target child-welfare-involved families, like Keeping Families Together.
Keeping Families Together represents a new use of supportive housing for families. In this model, supportive housing is used as a tool for the child welfare system to stabilize families where the caregivers’ needs go beyond the short-term, safety-focused interventions typically available from the child welfare system.
Supportive housing provides a long-term solution for families cycling through both homelessness and child welfare. Without a long term intervention like supportive housing, children in these families are at risk for repeated neglect and poor outcomes as adults.
What opportunities are there for New Jersey to better integrate the child welfare, employment and workforce development, housing stability, and family homelessness systems?