• June 2016
  • Vol. 17, No. 4

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Supportive Housing Practices for Child Welfare-Involved Families

A report by the Urban Institute explores the work of Federal grantees focused on supportive housing programs for child welfare-involved families that is helping to establish practices for identifying at-risk families. The Federal grant—Partnership to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing—is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau award to determine the impact of housing and intensive services on families with housing issues. The report analyzes the success of the five demonstration sites—Broward County, FL; Cedar Rapids, IA; Memphis, TN; San Francisco, CA; and the State of Connecticut—in integrating services and changing systems to more strategically identify and support families. The report examines the demonstration sites' similarities and differences midway through the grant work.

The report finds that all five sites have accomplished the following:

  • Established multiagency teams to more comprehensively address family needs
  • Developed procedures within the local child welfare agency to identify families with housing issues
  • Collaborated with local housing agencies to help demonstration families receive rent subsidies
  • Created communication channels among agencies that have never worked together before, resulting in expanded services to families in need

The report, Evolution in Programs Offering Supportive Housing to Child Welfare-Involved Families: Services Integration and Systems Change at the Half-Way Point, by Martha R. Burt, Maeve E. Gearing, and Marla McDaniel, is available on the Urban Institute website at http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/alfresco/publication-pdfs/2000698-Evolution-in-Programs-Offering-Supportive-Housing-to-Child-Welfare%E2%80%93Involved-Families.pdf (935 KB).
 

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