“These are the complex families. These are the ones that child welfare systems struggle to know what the right sets of resources are. These are the families that stay in the system longer because they have both the family related issues as well as poverty,” said Administration for Children and Families Commissioner Bryan Samuels.
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services reports that more than 1/3 of homeless people belong to homeless families.
And in the 2007 NYC pilot program:
3 years later, most families are stably housed and have improved school attendance; and
Government agencies, over 2 years, saved $2 million in child welfare services for families in the program.