Resources and information for families and child welfare agencies about housing needs and services for low-income families, including families receiving child welfare services. Resources include State and local examples.
- Housing & child welfare
- Housing for relative/kinship caregivers
- Housing for youth transitioning from foster care
Homelessness Resource Exchange
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Offers program guidance and regulations, technical assistance and training resources, research and publications, and other resources on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (2010)
Discusses how NCHCW bridges the gap between affordable housing and child welfare to improve the lives of America's most economically disadvantaged youth and families. The center also works to ensure that each young person who faces adulthood without the support of a permanent family has a plan for stable housing and services to support their transition to adulthood.
Basic Principles of Care for Families and Children Experiencing Homelessness (PDF - 34 KB)
National Center on Family Homelessness (2010)
Explains that programs serving families and children experiencing homelessness should implement policies and practices that promote and ensure that the needs of children are met, that training is provided to ensure a basic standard of care, and that progress is monitored, among other practices.
Housing and Homelessness
Child Welfare League of America
Overview of programs available to assist families with housing issues.
Resilient Children in Distressed Neighborhoods: Evidence From the HOPE VI Panel Study
Eiseman, Cove, & Popkin
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center Brief, 7, 2005
HOPE VI, a federally funded program, targets the nation's most distressed public housing developments with comprehensive efforts to improve physical, economic, and social environments. This report explores factors that help make children more resilient and better able to cope with obstacles in their environment. (PDF - 106 KB)
Supportive Housing for Families: How to Help America's Most Vulnerable (PDF - 77 KB)
Examines issues surrounding poverty and family homelessness and presents possible solutions.
State and local examples
Keeping Families Together Webinar: Can Supportive Housing Strengthen Vulnerable Families and Keep Their Children Safe? (PDF - 5245 KB)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Corporation for Supportive Housing (2011)
Presents the promising results of a groundbreaking, 3-year pilot designed to address the needs of New York City's most vulnerable families.
New Directions in Supportive Housing for Families (PDF - 390 KB)
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center
The Source, 13(1), 2004
Provides an overview of efforts by the Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development in Boston to develop housing for families affected by substance abuse.
A New Model for Integrating Housing and Services
Urban Institute (2010)
Discusses the Chicago Family Case Management Demonstration, which provided public housing residents with case management services, transitional jobs, financial literacy training, and relocation counseling.
Spanning the Neighborhood: The Bridge Between Housing and Supports for Families: Community Strategies for Preventing Homelessness and Family Crisis (PDF - 931 KB)
Center for New York City Affairs (2005)
Discusses a substantial new effort to root homelessness prevention in neighborhood-based safety net programs run by well-known, trusted community organizations.
Working With Families Facing Severe Hardship: Lessons From the Families in Transition Program (PDF - 305 KB)
Bliss, London, & Tanguay (2005)
Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization helping families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness secure stable housing, increase employment and income, and address barriers to self-sufficiency.