Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center
The Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center is a joint effort led by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and CSH and provides technical support, facilitates information-sharing and assists in capacity-building to five sites taking part in the Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families with Child Welfare. This federal project is testing an intensive approach to providing vulnerable families with safe, affordable housing together with the other services and supports that they need to stay together.
The Resource Center provides coordinated tailored, one-on-one expertise to meet each site’s needs. In addition, the Resource Center encourages and supports peer learning among the five sites, building on local capacity and the experience of people working in the field as they seek to develop new, integrated responses to the needs of some of society’s most vulnerable families.
The five sites are:
- H.E.A.R.T Alliance for Sustainable Families - Broward County (Fla.)
- Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids (Iowa)
- Memphis Strong Families - Memphis (Tenn.)
- Families Moving Forward - San Francisco
- Intensive Supportive Housing for Families - State of Connecticut
The Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center has released three products to help guide supportive housing administrators and practitioners developing and involved in supportive housing efforts serving families with children. Each guide is intended to ensure providers have access to the most relevant and up-to-date information to deliver the best possible housing and services to vulnerable families. Used together, the tools serve to support the type of practice and structural changes that will help programs work with families effectively.
|Welcome Home: Design and Practice Guidance for Supportive Housing for Families with Children||A Practice Framework for Delivering Services to Families in Supportive Housing||Tenant Manual & Welcome Packet|
|To support a family’s ability to use the opportunity that supportive housing provides fully it will be important for supportive housing providers to build an environment thatis both developmentally appropriate to the needs of children and responsive to the unique needs andpressures of parents. This guide serves to introduce tools that can be used directly by programs and practitioners. It covers a broad range of tools including some that are relevant to early planning stages and others that can inform day-to-day practice in mature programs.||This document provides a framework for practice in family supportive housing settings. It is intended to be a capacity-building tool for those who are designing or already providing case management services for families living in supportive housing. However, those in the supportive housing field are encouraged to further enhance this tool with their own experiences and practice protocols.||This sample tenant manual is designed as a resource for supportive housing providers working with families, especially those families involved with the child welfare system. The goal was to develop a tenant manual that could be easily adapted for sites that are providing supportive housing for families. While it may be most useful to programs serving families at a single site such as an apartment building or a cluster of apartment units managed by the same housing provider, we encourage providers of scattered site housing to review and adapt with landlords as you find useful.|
News from the Field
Through the resource center, CSSP and CSH publish materials, including periodic field notes highlighting what we are learning, as well as a bimonthly newsletter with updates from grantees.
Notes from the Field
- Issue 3 - Ensuring Family Voice While Navigating Multiple Systems: The family team meeting strategy in supportive housing
- Issue 2 - Beyond the Family Unification Program (FUP): Partnerships between Public Child Welfare Agencies and Public Housing Agencies to stably house vulnerable child welfare-involved families
- Issue 1 - Data collection strategies for identifying families facing child welfare involvement & homelessness
- May 2015
- March 2015
- January 2015
- November 2014 - Families Matter
- September 2014 - Partnerships Matter
- July 2014
- May 2014
- March 2014
The Urban Institute is conducting a national evaluation of Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families with Child Welfare that recognizes the goals of grantees, local evaluators, funders and policymakers. Watch this space for regular briefings.
Visit the Resource Center
The Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center is the product of an innovative public-private partnership among CSH, CSSP, the federal government and four private foundations: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.
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