One Roof Assists Families at the Intersection of Homelessness and Child Welfare System Involvement
One Roof will elevate the visibility of families who are at the intersection of homelessness and child welfare involvement and help communities develop partnerships between housing and child welfare systems to improve outcomes for vulnerable families.
The goal of the campaign is to ensure a better future for children by promoting an improved, integrated policy and systems response for this population, replicating supportive housing tailored to their unique needs, and increasing investment in housing solutions for at-risk children and their families.
Deborah De Santis, President & CEO of CSH writes in The Huffington Post’s What’s Working blog,
“When families have a safe, permanent place to call home they can focus on the things parents care about: the safety, well-being and education of their children. Parents worried about where their families will sleep at night can’t fully attend to their needs or those of their children.
Children in such circumstances are particularly vulnerable and can end up in foster care. Recent data suggests there are over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States and reports indicate 50% of them were part of homeless or unstably housed families.”
Helping families to stay together under “One Roof” can prevent needleless trauma for children experienced when they are separated from their families and sent into the foster care system. The campaign will work to break the intergenerational cycle of homelessness, housing instability, child welfare involvement and poor outcomes for vulnerable families with children.
One Roof will:
- Work to significantly expand supportive housing for families facing multiple challenges, including homelessness, trauma and child welfare involvement.
- Strengthen collaboration between child welfare and housing agencies to integrate services and improve family stability.
- Increase and sustain capacity to provide and coordinate housing-based services to ensure long-term success for vulnerable children and families.
CSH works to advance innovative solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve lives, maximize public resources, and build healthy communities.
CSH believes supportive housing can change the trajectory for vulnerable families and developed the Keeping Families Together (KFT)* model to test if safe, affordable supportive housing addressing the needs of parents and their children would help them stay together and thrive.
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